AuthorsDen.com   Join | Login  

     Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
Where Authors and Readers come together!

SIGNED BOOKS    AUTHORS    eBOOKS new!     BOOKS    STORIES    ARTICLES    POETRY    BLOGS    NEWS    EVENTS    VIDEOS    GOLD    SUCCESS    TESTIMONIALS

Featured Authors:  J.-F. Bouchard, iA.J. Mahari, iOdyssia Learning, iKeith Wright, iRobert Wood, iBeverly Scott, iMark Vogel, i

  Home > Language > Articles Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Carol Culver Rzadkiewicz

· Become a Fan
· Contact me
· Success story
· Books
· Articles
· Poetry
· News
· Stories
· Blog
· Messages
· 65 Titles
· 167 Reviews
· Save to My Library
· Share with Friends!
·
Member Since: Dec, 2007

   newsletter

Subscribe to the Carol Culver Rzadkiewicz Newsletter. Enter your name and email below and click "sign me up!"
Name:
Email:
Carol Culver Rzadkiewicz, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.



Featured Book
Inflation: Roots of Evil
by Lawrance Lux

The Primar to understand how you lose up to twenty percent of your purchasing power per year, due to modern business accounting procedures...  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members


Featured Book
Letting Go: An Ordinary Woman's Extraordinary Journey of Hea
by Nancy Kaiser

Follow the author's struggle to learn from and let go of the devastating feelings of betrayal, grief, anger, fear, and loneliness that engulf her when her husband of 27 y..  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members





   Recent articles by
Carol Culver Rzadkiewicz

The Good Life
Subject/Verb Agreement
Verb Tense
Identifying Nouns
Similes & Metaphors
Quotation Marks
Euphemistic Language
What is Plagiarism?
Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers
The Joy of Homemade Ice Cream
Sentences & Clauses
Adverbs
           >> View all

Semicolons & Colon Usage
by Carol Culver Rzadkiewicz   
Rated "G" by the Author.
Last edited: Thursday, May 01, 2008
Posted: Thursday, May 01, 2008

Share    Print   Save    Become a Fan


Do you know when to use a semicolon as compared to a colon?

Use a semicolon under the following circumstances:

 

1)       To join two independent clauses that are closely related

 

Harvey had twelve short stories published last year; his determination to succeed as a writer is obvious.

 

However, do not link two independent clauses that are unrelated.

 

After a two-week writing frenzy, I completed the rough draft of my first novel; Tom’s latest novel has been on the bestseller list for six consecutive months.

 

2)       To link independent clauses joined by one of the seven coordinating conjunctions (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so) if one or both clauses contain commas.

 

I asked Tom to pick up printing paper, manila envelopes, and mailing labels; but he instead brought me copier paper, white envelopes, and stamps.

 

3)       To link two independent clauses with a conjunctive adverb such as on the other hand, however, in addition, subsequently, for example, consequently, moreover, etc. 

 

The last agent I queried rejected my novel; however, he did say the rejection was no reflection on my writing ability.

 

4)       To set off items in a series if any one of the items contains internal punctuation

 

For his first book signing, John wore a black turtleneck sweater; gray slacks; a tweed sport coat, which had definitely seen better days; and tinted sunglasses. 

 

Use a colon under the following conditions:

 

1)       After the salutation in a business letter

 

Dear Mr. Garrison:

 

2)       To separate numbers in the time of day and in Biblical passages

 

8:15 a.m.

Genesis 1:16 (chapter 1, verse 16)

 

3)       To separate titles and subtitles: How to Write Fiction: A Guide for the Novice

 

4)       After a short introductory word or phrase such as please note, note, remember, caution

 

Note: All work submitted to Helium must be the original work of the author.

 

5)       Before items in a series that follow an anticipatory expression (as follows, here it is, in this manner, in this way, the following, etc.)

 

Pick up the following at the office supply warehouse: two new ink cartridges, a box of printing paper, a pack of 8 x 12 manila envelopes, and some red pens.

 

Note: Do not use a colon if the anticipatory expression is within a complete sentence that is followed by another complete sentence.

 

Every writer would like to have the following items in his or her office. They, however, aren’t possible for those of us with limited income.

A wide-screen computer

A copier, printer, and Fax all in one

Wireless Internet service

Surround sound

A well-stocked refrigerator

 

Note: Do not use a colon when the items in the series are necessary for the sentence to be complete.

 

My idea of an ideal writing environment includes: soft music, dim lighting, no interruptions, and a pint of Jack Daniels. (Incorrect0

My idea of an ideal writing environment includes soft music, dim lighting, no interruptions, and a pint of Jack Daniels. (Correct)

 

6)       To introduce indented quotations and quotations that are preceded by grammatically complete sentences

 

My father provided me with the best advice anyone could ever receive about writing: “Write only the stories that haunt you.”

 

Note: When you introduce a quote with a verb like said, say, wrote, write, stated, states, etc., a comma is preferable.

 

My father once said, “Carol, write only the stories that haunt you.”

 

Henry David Thoreau wrote, “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.”

 

Web Site: An Author's Home



Want to review or comment on this article?
Click here to login!


Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!





Bridging the Gap: Police - Japanese, Third Edition by Robert Wood

Nonverbal Japanese language communicator primarily for English speakers. Easy to use reference. Proven and effective tool...  
Featured BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members


Bridging the Gap: Police - Japanese, Fifth Edition by Robert Wood

Nonverbal Japanese language communicator primarily for English speakers. Easy to use reference. Proven and effective tool...  
Featured BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members

Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us


Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.