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Colons and Semicolons
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  • Question 1
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    In which sentence is a colon used correctly?

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    I understand why people love: fishing.

    I don't like boats: they make me very seasick.

    Alissa: she loves her puppy more than she loves her fish.

    Love is what makes: the world go round.

  • Question 2
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    What is the purpose of the colon in the sentence below?

    I looked up and saw the last thing I was expecting: the frog prince.

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    it links two independent clauses

    it draws attention to the first clause

    it draws attention to the clause ' frog prince'

    it shows a lot of emotion

  • Question 3
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    In the following sentence, where should a colon be added?

    Lucija planned to grow several herbs in her garden basil, rosemary and thyme.

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    after 'grow'

    after 'planned'

    after 'garden'

    after 'rosemary'

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    In which sentence is a semicolon used correctly to join two related clauses?

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    My sister and I agree on many subjects but disagree on one; the existence of ghosts.

    I saw a ghost at my cousin's house; and I screamed and ran away.

    Ghost are definitely fake; I only like dramatic movies.

    I'm convinced that ghosts are real; I saw a ghost in the attic yesterday.

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    Read the following passage.


    Red pandas are much smaller than giant pandas. They only grow to be about the size of cats. Red pandas live in forests and spend most of their time in trees. Their diet is very simple. They mainly eat bamboo. However, they sometimes also eat fruit, insects, small birds and mammals. They are an endangered species.


    Which sentences from the passage would best be linked with a semicolon?

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    They only grow to be about the size of cats. Red pandas live in forests and spend most of their time in trees.

    Red pandas are much smaller than giant pandas. They only grow to be about the size of cats.

    Red pandas live in forests and spend most of their time in trees. Their diet is very simple.

    However, they sometimes also eat fruit, insects, small birds and mammals. They are an endangered species.

  • Question 6
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    In which sentence is a semicolon used correctly?

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    Anthony took a trip to Boise, Idaho; Seattle, Washington; and Portland, Oregon.

    My favorite flavors of ice cream are chocolate; double chocolate; and mint chocolate chip.

    Some of the properties used to describe minerals include color; luster; hardness; and streak.

    The computer was first invented in the 1940s; but the first laptop was not invented until the 80s.

  • Question 7
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    Correctly punctuate the sentence below using a colon (A) or a semicolon (B).


    Gustavo won the greatest prize at the carnival a giant stuffed hotdog.

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    : (colon)

    ; (semicolon)

  • Question 8
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    In which sentence is a colon used correctly?

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    Marisa: won several awards for her short stries last year.

    Have you ever seen a: horse in the wild?

    It hardly ever shows: in California, but it's a beautiful place to live.

    Devon admires his uncle for two reasons: he's great at rollerblading and building treehouses.

  • Question 9
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    In which sentence is a colon used correctly?

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    Despite her father's warnings: Roman walked through the woods and touched poison ivy.

    You may recognize the common name of the plant Toxicodendron radicans: poison ivy.

    Wearing long sleeves and tucking your pants into your socks: protects against poison ivy.

    Noah's rash from the poison ivy: looked very uncomfortable.

  • Question 10
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    In which sentence is a semicolon used correctly?

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    The zoo is home to bearded dragons; geckos; and caiman lizards.

    There are many different lizards at the zoo; red-headed agamas, bearded dragons, Gila Monsters and skinks.

    Many people love going to see lizards at the zoo; but it's not my cup of tea.

    The zoo has a large collection of red-headed agama lizards; it recently got two calman lizards, too.

  • Question 11
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    In the following sentence, where should a colon be added?


    I asked you to do one thing to bake a seven-layer wedding cake with buttercream frosting.

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    I asked you: to do one thing to bake a seven-layer wedding cake with buttercream frosting.

    I asked you to do one thing to bake: a seven-layer wedding cake with buttercream frosting.

    I asked you to do one thing: to bake a seven-layer wedding cake with buttercream frosting.

    I asked you to do one thing to bake a seven-layer wedding cake: with buttercream frosting.

  • Question 12
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    In the following sentence, where should a semicolon be added?


    Animals are consumers they do not make their own food.

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    Animals; are consumers they do not make their own food.

    Animals are consumers; they do not make their own food.

    Animals are consumers they; do not make their own food.

    Animals are consumers they do not make their own; food.

  • Question 13
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    Correctly punctuate the sentence below with a colon (A) or a semicolon (B).


    At the peace conference, the British received Canada from France __ they also received Florida from Spain.

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    : (colon)

    ; (semicolon)

  • Question 14
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    Correctly punctuate the sentence below with a colon (A) or a semicolon (B).


    Maps have many features __ scales, legends, and symbols.

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    : (colon)

    ; (semocolon)

  • Question 15
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    Correctly punctuate the sentence below with a colon (A) or a semicolon (B).


    The author’s word choice makes the tone clear __ bitingly sarcastic.

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    The author's word choice makes the tone clear: bitingly sarcastic.

    The author's word choice makes the tone clear; bitingly sarcastic.

  • Question 16
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    Which sentences from the passage would BEST be linked with a semicolon?


    In Norway, the official language is Norwegian. There are two written forms of the language. Typical Norwegian food includes smoked fish, a yellow cheese called Jarlsberg and a soft flatbread called lefse. The government of Norway is a constitutional monarchy. This means that the country has both a king and a group called a parliament that makes the laws. I’d love to visit Norway one day.

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    There are two written forms of the language; typical Norwegian food includes smoked fish, a yellow cheese called Jarlsberg and a soft flatbread called lefse.

    Typical Norwegian food includes smoked fish, a yellow cheese called Jarlsberg and a soft flatbread called lefse; the government of Norway is a constitutional monarchy.

    The government of Norway is a constitutional monarchy; this means that the country has both a king and a group called a parliament that makes the laws.

    This means that the country has both a king and a group called a parliament that makes the laws; I'd love to visit Norway one day.

  • Question 17
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    Which sentences from the passage would best be linked with a semicolon?


    Nervously, Della stared at the bright red door. She hadn’t turned this doorknob in many years. The wind tickled her closely-shaven head. She no longer had long brown locks to dance in the breeze. Della heard Pluto barking inside. She adjusted the bag on her shoulder and reached for the knob.

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    Nervously, Delia stared at the bright red door; she hadn't turned this doorknob in many years.

    She hadn't turned this doorknob in many years; the wind tickled her closely-shaven head.

    She no longer had long brown locks to dance in the breeze; Della heard Pluto barking inside.

    Delia heard Pluto barking inside; she adjusted the bag on her shoulder and reached for the knob.

  • Question 18
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    Which sentence is written correctly?

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    Night fell: the moon rose.

    Night fell; the moon rose.

    Night: fell the moon rose.

    Night fell the moon rose.

  • Question 19
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    Which sentence is written correctly?

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    Please do not bring any of these items: to the test site radios, pagers, food, beverages.

    Please do not bring any of these items to the test site; radios, pagers, food, beverages.

    Please: do not bring any of these items to the test site radios, pagers, food, beverages.

    Please do not bring any of these items to the test site: radios, pagers, food, beverages.

  • Question 20
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    Which sentence is written correctly?

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    The three travelers looked at the object in amazement they had never seen anything like it.

    The three travelers looked at the object in amazement: they had never seen anything like it.

    The three travelers looked at the object in amazement; they had never seen anything like it.

    The three travelers looked at: the object in amazement; they had never seen anything like it.

  • Question 21
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    Which sentence is written correctly?

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    It was 3:12 P.M.; when I looked at the clock.

    It was 3:12 P.M. when I looked at the clock.

    It was 3;12 P.M. when I looked at the clock.

    It was: 3:12 P.M. when I looked at the clock.

  • Question 22
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    Which sentence is written correctly?

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    During the last two years, our family has traveled to Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana; and in the next three months, we will see California, Arizona, and New Mexico.

    During the last two years, our family has traveled to Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana and in the next three months, we will see California, Arizona and New Mexico.

    During the last two years: our family has traveled to Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana and in the next three months, we will see: California, Arizona and New Mexico.

    During the last two years, our family as traveled to Oregon; Washington; Idaho; and Montana and in the next three months, we will see California; Arizona; and New Mexico.

  • Question 23
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    Which sentence is written correctly?

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    My favorite teams are: the Bulls, the Cubs, and the Bears.

    My favorite teams are: the Bulls; the Cubs; and the Bears.

    My favorite teams are the Bulls, the Cubs and the Bears.

    My favorite teams are; the Bulls; the Cubs; and the Bears.

  • Question 24
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    Which sentence is written correctly?

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    The departure time for our flight is 1117 A.M. the plane will land in Houston at 104 P.M.

    The departure time for our flight is 11;17 A.M. the plane will land in Houston at 1;04 P.M.

    The departure time for our flight is: 11:17 A.M.: the plane will land in Houston at 1:04 P.M.

    The departure time for our flight is 11:17 A.M.; the plane will land in Houston at 1:04 P.M.

  • Question 25
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    Which sentence is written correctly?

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    My subjects include reading, math, home economics, and language arts.

    My subjects include: reading, math, home economics, and language arts.

    My subjects include: reading; math; home economics, and language arts.

    My subjects include Reading, Math, Home Economics, and Language Arts.

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