Should I use colon or semicolon in the following?
I liked the atmosphere: the rusty tables, the old wooden walls, the Western-style counter.
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You should use a colon after "atmosphere" and commas after "tables" and "walls." A colon precedes a list; a semicolon is a list separator. A semicolon is most often used to separate clauses in a sentence which are not separated by a conjunction (such as "and" or "or.") I illustrated correct use of a semicolon in the second sentence of this answer.