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Difference Between Semicolon and Colon

Semicolon vs Colon

Semicolons are used to separate a sentence into two different parts, and colons are used to introduce something. As we know, commas and commas with conjunctions also help in breaking a sentence into two parts. We need to learn why is it that we need to use semicolons to do the job which commas and commas with conjunctions do so well.

Semicolon
A semicolon is represented by the symbol (;). There are two main rules for using a semicolon. Semicolons are used in a sentence to combine two separate independent clauses. These clauses can very well be combined with a comma and a conjunction (, and), but using a comma and a conjunction can slow down a reader. To maintain the speed of the reader, semicolons are used instead. For example, She went to see the new mall; it was huge.

Conjunctive adverbs are sometimes used after the semicolon to show the relationship between the two clauses of a sentence. For example, She took an umbrella to the market; however, it did not rain. Here the adverb shows the contrast between clauses; similarly, the cause and effect can be expressed by “therefore,” etc.
Sometimes transitional phrases are used after a semicolon to divide two clauses. For example, She received a raise today; in fact, her salary has doubled.

The semicolon is used to separate different items in a given series. When the items in a series already have commas to separate them, then a semicolon is used. For example, She went to the florist and chose lilies; carnations; red, white, and yellow roses. Here the roses, which fall into the same category, can be written together after using the semicolon.
The semicolons abruptly finish a clause. Sometimes the flow of the writing or reading is compromised; thus, one should be very careful as to when one should maintain the flow by using commas and when to use a semicolon to speed up the reading.

Colon
A colon is represented by the symbol (:). A colon is used to introduce something, the details come later. For example, A Broadway show requires many skills: singing, dancing, and acting.

It should be used after a complete clause. For example, There are many subjects to learn: English, Spanish, and French.
A colon is used to separate minutes and hours, for example, The school starts at
6:30 a.m.
A colon is used to separate subtitles from titles, for example, “Differences Between Colons and Semicolons: Usages.”
The chapters and the verses in the Bible are separated by a colon.

Summary:

1.Colons and semicolons have very different usages. Colons are used to introduce something, and they are used between titles and subtitles, between chapters and verses in references of the Bible, and always used after a complete clause. Semicolons are used to separate two independent clauses of a sentence and to separate items in a series which already has commas.
2.A colon is represented by (:); whereas, a semicolon is represented by (;).


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