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Use of semi colon or colon?

So I want to make a sentence presenting a list first and asking a question about it at the end. But I am confused whether semi colon should be used or colon should be used. I am of the view that colon ...
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Is a semicolon or colon needed after “including”?

Previous research has identified four individual factors which appear to predict this including**;** need to feel loved, need to be loved and self-esteem. Thanks everyone!
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Usage of the colon in this sentence (and alternatives) [duplicate]

Is the colon used in the following sentence correct? If so, would it be better to replace it with a semicolon or a period? As CPUs get faster and faster, it is important that the performance of the ...
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Colon, semicolon, or em-dash?

First Question: In Elisa’s daily life, she is mainly a housewife--meaning that she cooks, cleans, does the dishes, and more. Second Question: The tinker starts talking about what it is like sleeping ...
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Use of Comma and Colon

I have been given the following section, and I need to identify the grammatical errors. Hawthorne physically set this short story in the town of Milford. It is a common setting for Hawthorne: a New ...
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Colon or Semicolon for ‘I’m Sorry’

I was wondering whether using a colon is incorrect if I used it as follows: I’m sorry: I only saw your message this morning. My logic for using the colon rather than the semicolon is that the ...
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Does a colon go before or after parentheses?

For example, Shopping (At Whole Foods): Shopping: (At Whole Foods) Which one is right?
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Use of punctuation in complex list with two sets of appositives

How would you punctuate the sentence below? Is it okay the way it is? I've never seen a sentence that introduced more than one list with a colon. I considered just taking out the colons. I also ...
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Colon, Semicolon, or Em-dash

Which of the following three are correct? I would recommend reading the footnotes wherever indicated: they're quite informative. I would recommend reading the footnotes wherever indicated; they're ...
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The usage of colon

Can you please tell me whether or not this sentence is correct, and, if not, how can I reorganize it. Is it even possible to use a colon here, or should I just omit it? "If the main subject is ...
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Using a hyphen versus a double hyphen versus a colon to explain something [duplicate]

To give evidence for or to elaborate an opinion, when should one use a hyphen versus a double hyphen versus a colon? XYZ seems like a good movie - it has a 4.35 rating. XYZ seems like a good ...
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Use of colon to elaborate upon clause

I'm wondering if sentence structures such as the following are a valid use of the colon: I don't understand your second point: Is it not said that the sky is blue? As you can see, I'm using the ...
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Lists. To colon or not to colon?

As a Spanish translator, I struggle with MANY Spanish sentences that include a preposition followed by a list of numbered (e.g.) activities. The lists can be long or short. An example would be: The ...
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When is it okay for a colon to precede a dependent clause that is not a list or example?

While browsing through an ACT study guide, I have encountered the following sentence (as part of a discussion of old signs seen along the highways): After all, there they are: advertising products ...
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Colon Use or Not

I listened to the song. It went: The man in the hat is crazy. The man in the hat is.... Should there be a colon after 'went'? Or not?
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Alternatives to the Colon

I find that I use the colon far too often in my writing. Specifically, I use the following construction too often: statement: explanation or example Here are some concrete versions of this: ...
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Should a colon be used after “for example”?

I am having difficulty deciding when a colon should be used in a sentence. I have a specific example that I was unable to resolve via browsing the web The research centre will use confidence ...
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What is the grammatical function of a list following a colon

My ten year old son asked the grammatical function of items in a list following a colon. Such as the sentence "There are three countries in North America: Canada, The United States, and Mexico." ...
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Colon usage check with example

I just need some clarification on whether the colon usage in this example is correct: ‘Desperation, destruction and despair: hope evaporated into fog.’ As a general rule, I always think of colons ...
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Colon or comma: there are plenty of options [: , ] from X to Y [duplicate]

Is a comma or a colon the correct punctuation of the following sentence? There are plenty of meals from which to choose /// from pasta to steak. At the break between clauses, denoted by /// it ...
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colon or dash? punctuation

Please suggest the correct punctuation at points 1, 2 and 3 in the following sentence: If you had to write an article, for example, reporting on events in any institution which cares for people (...
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Using a “colon” after “is” or “this”

I've seen this a few times now and it confuses me, especially when my editor does it. According to the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition, a colon can only be used where a period could. In other ...
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Implied first person as a subject of a sentence and using semicolons?

I am writing my professional profile on my CV and questioning a couple of things. As it's my CV, each bullet point places me as the subject, and I don't want to explicitly point this out every ...
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How do you mark a bulleted list with a common stem sentence? [duplicate]

How do you mark a bulleted list with a common stem sentence? For example: Do you capitalize each item and use a colon? This Summer we should: Go to the beach. Eat a sandwich. Visit the library. Do ...
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Is this a complete sentence? Using colons

The sentence I saw: "The eggs benedict should include the following ingredients: poached eggs, English muffins, bacon, and hollandaise sauce." But colons must follow an independent clause. So does ...
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Can I use a comma after a colon, in an independent clause that explains the preceding one?

Can I use a comma after a colon, in an independent clause that explains the preceding one? A colon instead of a semicolon may be used between independent clauses when the second sentence explains,...
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In American English are the following three examples good to use for colon capitalization useage? [duplicate]

I know that a variant of this question has been asked before, and recalled what my Creative writing teacher told me about when to use capitalization after a colon, by using the following three example ...
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A semi-colon before a “comprised of” list, or a new sentence?

I'm writing something along the lines of The service is comprised of two parts; detailed tracking, and logging. Should I employ the semi-colon, as above, or is a colon more appropriate? Or should ...
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Can a colon be placed at end of page

I'm reviewing a book for a friend. He wrote the sentence, "Tom Smith relays the following anecdote about the his baby's first exposure to the zoo:" Then the page breaks and the anecdote is on the ...
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Colon or comma for direct quotations?

I've seen two ways to introduce direction quotations: 1) The host made an announcement, "You are all staying for dinner." 2) The host made an announcement: "You are all staying for dinner." Is one ...
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Use of comma and dash

Which is correct? Please explain this? The system works by making ice at night, when lower power usage means energy is cheaper and lower temperatures require less power to freeze water. The system ...
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What is the correct punctuation usage for 'thus' in this sentence?

"They believe technology serves humankind by empowering us with access to information and the ability to spread that useful information; thus, enriching our lives."
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Sentence colon or comma [duplicate]

Is this the best way to write this sentence below? Moving forward, I hope to apply my experience to a cause that I am passionate about: education.
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using colon to specify two nouns

I want to say in contrast, X expression is elevated in only pancreas tissue and Y expression is elevated in only pituitary tissue. Can I write something like this? In contrast, X and Y expression ...
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Comma vs. Colon - single sentences? [closed]

Which would be correct Let’s look at your final scorecard, General Ignorance. Let’s look at your final scorecard: General Ignorance. And can you cite why your response is correct? Thank you
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Correct usage/distinction in these examples [closed]

The score has a real unique sound with interesting vocals; the score is also well produced and professional. Our law firm is one of the Internet's most prolific copyright experts: firms that catch ...
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Is this a correct usage of a semicolon: It's not that I don't care; it's that I care too much?

I could see case here for a colon: It's not that I don't care: it's that I care too much. Or even a comma: It's not that I don't care, it's that I care too much.
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How would one correctly place punctuation marks in this sentence?

Moth-like, the people buzzed about: walking, driving, directing— each to their own light. I'm not sure whether each comma, colon, dash and hyphen are used correctly here. Please help! Also, this ...
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Question regarding comma vs. colon

Consider the following sentence: In 2013 Tallinn, Estonia, instituted fare-free rides for city residents (becoming the largest city in the world to do so), but car use in Tallinn has only slightly ...
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Can I use “for example” after a colon?

Examples often feel detached from the text if I introduce them after a full stop, so I'm looking for different ways of introducing them. I throught of introducing an example after a colon, because ...
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Colons vs Em dash ?

The designer envisions the game’s fundamental elements: the settings, characters, and plots that make each game unique, and is thus a primary creative force behind a video game. A) NO CHANGE B) ...
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What does this long sentence mean?

What is the purpose of colon ":" in this sentence "everyone: and reason"? "The state of nature has a law of nature to govern it, which obliges every one: and reason, which is that law, teaches all ...
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Writing a list with a description of each item — Formal Writing [Research Paper]

I am trying to write the following sentence: "There are some objectives we cannot miss in any visualization library, which are: performance: high-level abstraction may limit the user’s ..., ...
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Do you need a colon after by? [closed]

I am organizing a school magazine and on each photo we must put the name. I was wondering when you write the word by, do you need the colon after it? Example: Photo By: Jane Doe By Jane ...
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How to punctuate two sentences that form one unit that requires a colon at the end? [closed]

I ask this in the context of comments in computer programming which are written in plain English. For this question, I require a colon at the end of every comment that is a heading of code. Now, if ...
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Comparison after colon; use “and” or “or”

does the following sentence make sense? In general, triple combinations are better than double: melphalan, prednisone and thalidomide (MPT); bortezomib, melphalan, and prednisone (VMP); or ...
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Using the Chicago Manual of Style, do colons go inside or outside quotes?

I have the following sentence: The program identifies particular “targets” and “identifiers:” the “targets” are people who are suspected of committing a crime. Does the colon go inside the quotes ...
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What is the difference between “;” and “:” I don't really understand this difference? [closed]

I never really understood the difference between these so if someone could elaborate that would be excellent.
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Do I start a list with 1 item with a colon?

I often have to note down a list of people I send documents to at work, eg., 'PDF sent to: John, Edith, and Margery' If I only send the document to John, should I still use the colon? 'PDF sent to: ...
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How to correctly use colon? [closed]

I have the following sentence: The company will be oriented towards the development of three types of products: video games, video animations and digital marketing for which it will make use of ...