Semicolon, Colon And A Dash

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Test your knowledge of the proper use of semicolons, colons and dashes.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Direction: Fill in the blank I rarely go to bed this early_____ I am afraid I will miss something.

    Explanation
    A semicolon is not the correct answer for this question. A semicolon is a punctuation mark used to separate two independent clauses in a sentence. In the given sentence, the blank should be filled with "because" or "as" to indicate the reason for not going to bed early. A semicolon would not make sense in this context.

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  • 2. 

    Today I had to go to work, pick the kids up from school, take them to music practice ____ then cook dinner.

    Explanation
    The word "dash" is the correct answer because it is used to indicate a pause or interruption in a sentence. In this context, the dash would be used to show that there is a pause or interruption between taking the kids to music practice and cooking dinner.

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  • 3. 

    In Henry the Fifth Act One ___Scene One. "Oh, for a muse of fire."

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "colon" because a colon is used to introduce a list, an explanation, or a quotation. In this case, the colon is used to introduce the quote "Oh, for a muse of fire" in Henry the Fifth Act One Scene One.

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  • 4. 

    Direction: True of False When joining two independent sentences with a semicolon you need a joining word like however.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    When joining two independent sentences with a semicolon, you do not need a joining word like "however." A semicolon can be used to connect two closely related independent clauses without the need for a coordinating conjunction. This allows for a smoother flow of ideas and can help to create a more concise and cohesive sentence structure.

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  • 5. 

    You can use a semicolon to join to incomplete sentences in order to form a complete sentence.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    A semicolon cannot be used to join incomplete sentences; it is used to join two complete sentences or independent clauses. Therefore, the given statement is false.

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