He nearly answered ; "You can go to blazes for all I care."

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    Where is this sentence presented? I don't agree with the use of a semicolon either, but don't see why a regular comma wouldn't just suffice (instead of a colon).
    – Inazuma
    May 31, 2016 at 12:16
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    I have found many sources of the book online, and they have used colons, not semi colons. See here: gutenberg.net.au/ebooks05/0500111h.html
    – Inazuma
    May 31, 2016 at 12:18
  • This sentence is taken from famous James Hilton's novel "Mr. Chips" so how does it wrong? May 31, 2016 at 12:25
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's about a typo or scanning error. May 31, 2016 at 12:28
  • O.K @ Inazuma you are right as this is only a typing error. Thank you for your help May 31, 2016 at 12:37

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It shouldn't. Before a quotation, you can use a comma if it is short enough, or a colon otherwise. There isn't a case where you would use a semicolon.

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