In this video, explore how semicolons and colons have multiple purposes. Judy Steiner-Wlliams explains that these powerful punctuation marks have been identified as some of the most misunderstood punctuation marks. This video’s purpose is to look at their correct uses, as well as to examine why they are generally misunderstood.
- [Narrator] How important are the semicolon and the colon,…and how do they differ?…They've been referred to as powerful punctuation marks,…and they've been identified as possibly two of the three…most misunderstood punctuation marks,…the dash family is the third.…The semicolon is number one on that most misunderstood list,…and some writers say to avoid the semicolon completely,…that it's just an arrogant punctuation mark.…Before we delve to deeply into what you need to know…to be among those who do know how to use a semicolon,…let's use Abe Lincoln as our support…for using the semicolon.…
Quote, "I must say I have a great respect for the semicolon;…"it's a useful little chap,"…end of quote.…Okay, so that's in the 1860's,…but it is still regarded by most today…as an important, powerful mark.…So, let's charge ahead with our discussion.…First, semicolons are used to connect ideas…that are closely related,…but some place between the pause with the comma,…and the end of the thought with a period.…The semicolon creates more of a longer pause.…
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- Identify irregular verbs and explain how to use them appropriately in all tenses.
- List the seven coordinating conjunctions.
- Recognize commonly misused and misunderstood words.
- Determine correct comma placement.
- Explain the difference between a colon and a semicolon.
- Name the four sentence structures.