As days pass by the use of punctuation is slowing fading away. In fact, it already has. People these days through my observation, would rarely use semicolons (;) and colons (:) in their writings. Some individuals would be familiar with their uses; others would barely know what they mean and how they are used.

This AEP week’s highlight: Teacher and students explore and refresh their minds on the topic of punctuation. Knowing the fact that technology is slowly  driving the roots of writing away from people by inventing word abbreviations and random use of punctuation, AEPers decide to familiar themselves with the use of semicolons and colons.


Use Colons After Complete Sentences

The most important thing to remember about colons is that you only use them after statements that are complete sentences. Never use a colon after a sentence fragment.

Few uses of colons are as follow:

1-Introducing a list

The colon is used to introduce a list of items.
The bookstore specializes in three subjects: art, architecture, and graphic design.
Do not, however, use a colon when the listed items are incorporated into the flow of the sentence.
Correct: The bookstore specializes in art, architecture, and graphic design.
Incorrect: The bookstore specializes in: art, architecture, and graphic design.

2-To add emphasis

The colon can be used to emphasize a phrase or single word at the end of a sentence.

After three weeks of deliberation, the jury finally reached a verdict: guilty.

3-Between independent clauses when the second explains or illustrates the first

The colon is used to separate two independent clauses when the second explains or illustrates the first.

All three of their children are involved in the arts: Richard is a sculptor, Diane is a pianist, and Julie is a theatre director.

((Uses of colons: SOURCE))


Rules for Using Semicolons
-A semicolon is most commonly used to link (in a single sentence) two independent clauses that are closely related in thought.


Some people write with a word processor; others write with a pen or pencil.

-Use a semicolon between two independent clauses that are connected by conjunctive adverbs or transitional phrases.


But however they choose to write, people are allowed to make their own decisions; as a result, many people swear by their writing methods.

-Use a semicolon between items in a list or series if any of the items contain commas.


There are basically two ways to write: with a pen or pencil, which is inexpensive and easily accessible; or by computer and printer, which is more expensive but quick and neat.

((For more information on semicolons click: USE OF SEMICOLONS))

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