Semicolon Grammar Quiz

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Semicolon Grammar Quiz - Quiz

Do you know your semicolons? Most people have a hard time when it comes to using punctuations correctly and in this special quiz a learner will get the opportunity to perfect their skills when it comes to using the semicolons. Give it a try and get to see just how well you can actually use them in a sentence. All the best!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Please choose the grammatically correct sentence. 

    • A.

      I received a cat for my birthday, his name is Charlie

    • B.

      I received a cat for my birthday; his name is Charlie.

    • C.

      I received a cat for my birthday his name is Charlie.

    Correct Answer
    B. I received a cat for my birthday; his name is Charlie.
    Explanation
    b. is correct because a semicolon is used to separate two independent clauses or sentences.

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  • 2. 

    Semicolons and commas are used interchangeably. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Semicolons are used to separate two independent clauses or sentences or when an adverb or transitional phrase is used to join two independent clauses or sentences. Commas are used when a dependent clause starts the sentence or to separate things in a series and other uses but not to separate independent clauses or sentences.

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  • 3. 

    John ate sushi and became sick             therefore, he never ate sushi again.  

    Correct Answer
    ;
    Explanation
    A semicolon is used first before the transition word then it is followed by a comma.

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  • 4. 

    Semicolons are used 

    • A.

      In between two independent clauses

    • B.

      Before a coordinaiting conjunction is used in a sentence

    • C.

      To join two independent clauses that use a transitional word

    • D.

      After a dependent clause starts the sentence

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. In between two independent clauses
    C. To join two independent clauses that use a transitional word
    Explanation
    Semicolons are used in between two independent clauses and independent clauses that use a transition word. A comma is used before a coordinating conjunction or after a dependent clause starts the sentence.

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  • 5. 

    Which sentence is grammatically correct?

    • A.

      I hate cold weather, therefore I loathe the winter.

    • B.

      I hate cold weather: therefore, I loathe the winter.

    • C.

      I hate cold weather, therefore, I loathe the winter.

    • D.

      I hate cold weather; therefore, I loathe the winter.

    Correct Answer
    D. I hate cold weather; therefore, I loathe the winter.
    Explanation
    One must use a semicolon to join these two independent thoughts and 'd' is the only choice with that necessary semicolon.

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  • 6. 

    Semicolons and colons can be used interchangeably.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Semicolons are used to join two independent clauses where as a colon is used before beginning a list.

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  • 7. 

    Semicolons are used to join dependent clauses.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Semicolons are used to join independent clauses.

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  • 8. 

    Semicolons are most useful in joining two independent thoughts together into one complete thought.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Semicolons are most useful when the writer wants to show the reader independent points that are directly linked to one another in thought.

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  • 9. 

    Why would a person need to use a semicolon?

    • A.

      They want to create a compound sentence.

    • B.

      They want to make their sentence look more fancy.

    • C.

      They want to separate items on a list that already have commas within the list.

    • D.

      They want to use a conjunction.

    Correct Answer
    C. They want to separate items on a list that already have commas within the list.
    Explanation
    A person would need to use a semicolon when they want to separate items on a list that already have commas within the list. Semicolons can indeed be used in compound sentences without a coordinating conjunction; this is often referred to as a compound sentence structure without a conjunction. This usage allows for a clear separation between two closely related independent clauses. However, in the given context of the question, the focus is on the specific scenario where semicolons are used to separate items in a list with internal commas.

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