Using colons and semicolons — Lesson 1

Video (from Youtube): How to apply colons and semi-colons (Watching time: 3m:56secs) by VideoJugEducation (new tab). This video has information to help you with this lesson and the next lesson in this series (on semicolons).

Complete the quiz items below to see if you have understood this lesson. Then click the blue arrow at the bottom of the page to check your answers.

Instructions: Hover or tap the questions below to see the reason for the answers given in the quiz.

1.True or false: All quotes should be introduced with a colon.

False ✔
Why: There are different ways to incorporate a quotation into your work and the colon is just one way.

2. Yes or no: Information on both sides of the colon should be independent stand-alone sentences.

No ✔
Why: There needs to be a complete, stand-alone sentence only prior to the colon. Following the colon may be just one word, an incomplete sentence, or a complete sentence.

3. There is only one thing I can say in Jim's case_ he got what he deserved.
Insert the correct punctuation

: ✔
Why: A colon is appropriate in places where you have the words "and that is [that] ..." . It can only correctly be a colon here because the clause following the colon represents an explanation of the initial statement.