Introduction to Semicolons and Colons

What you’ll learn to do: critique the use of semicolons and colons

Semicolons and colons are like siblings: they look and sound alike, but they act very differently. The semicolon is a connector, holding elements together, while the colon is a signpost, pointing readers to something important. These powerful punctuation marks are handy tools for writers because they can replace words, making a piece of writing more concise, crisp, and readable.

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