University North Central Writing Center Handout
Punctuation: Semicolon, Colon, and
Semicolon between clauses of a compound sentence not joined by a
Semicolon to separate units that contain internal commas.
to separate clauses connected by conjunctive adverbs such as however, moreover, consequently.
Colon between two clauses without a conjunction when the second clause
supplements, explains, or interprets the first.
Colon to introduce a formal quotation, an enumeration, or a list of
Dash to mark a sharp turn in the thought of a sentence, or an informal
G. Dash to set off parenthetical expressions in informal style
Directions: Insert semicolons, colons, and dashes where you think they
are needed in the following sentences. Write
the letters of the rules you apply in the marginal blanks.
Where you think more than one mark would be equally appropriate, put the
alternative mark/s in parentheses above your first punctuation.
is an arid country not only its solvency but its very survival depend on its
water supply. _____
most striking of recent films certainly the most successful and the one most
likely to be awarded the prize of ;publicity is Danger
very first, recording on tape had one great advantage it could be cut apart at
any point and spliced together very easily. _____
are cautious people who do everything methodically and well especially skiing,
which is their national pastime.
question is will living creatures arise on every planet where favorable physical
traveler by automobile is familiar with the large amount of game killed along
the highways some states have even erected road signs urging motorists to be
careful of the game.
was intelligent and attractive, made friends easily, liked his teachers, and
readily admitted that school was a wonderful place for someone else.
boat some forty-five feet long and twelve wide were compressed all the
necessities of a well-stocked house food, beverages, linens, glasses, china,
silver, and cooking utensils, medicine, cosmetics, books, writing paper,
pictures everything one might need or want.
my allowance for clothes go as far as possible, I watch the sales, try to buy
garments that will stay in style without becoming tiresome that usually involves
going to the better shops and making what I can myself.
work at the school is done by the students themselves no servants are employed.
detect an undertone of restlessness beneath the gaiety I might almost say the
hysterical gaiety of the crowd. _____
doctor was a willing and eager pupil consequently he made rapid progress in
learning to read Italian.
end my talk with these words from the slave-philosopher Epictetus
“He that hath no musical instruction is a child in Music he that hath
no letters is a child in Learning the that is untaught is a child in Life.”
can be said in literary terms for the novel of protest its importance, if it has
any, is historical.