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Grammar Lesson: The Colon and Semicolon (page 2)

By — John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Updated on Dec 15, 2010

Activity 2

Insert any colon or semicolon where needed. The other marks of punctuation are correctly placed in these sentences.

  1. Harriet loved to go to the shore her brother really enjoyed going with her.
  2. The boater was speeding around the lake for two hours in fact, he was starting to annoy the people on the beach.
  3. My great-grandfather's favorite movies include the following Vacation, starring Chevy Chase One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, starring Jack Nicholson and Funny Girl, starring Barbra Streisand.
  4. Our fitness instructor recommends these healthy foods carrots, peanuts, apples, grapes, and celery.
  5. Let us plan to meet at 110 on the train platform.
  6. (The secretary started her business letter with the following words)
      Dear General McNamee
      We would like to invite you…
  7. The author told the audience members that she plans to entitle her next book Surfing A Sport Like No Others.
  8. Our tour guide offered the group trips to these places Juneau, the capital of Alaska St. Louis, the Gateway to the West and San Francisco, the City by the Bay.
  9. We need to reach our goal of $10,000 in two weeks therefore we will step up our phone campaign starting tomorrow.
  10. The nurse spent much time with that one patient as a result, her time spent with the next few patients will be reduced.

Answers

Activity 1

  1. Please bring the following items with you: watch, ring, cell phone, and pen.
  2. Dear Madam: (as the salutation of a business letter)
  3. The following students have been selected for the varsity debate team: Matthew, Hillary, and Sophia.
  4. My grandfather saw the movie Superman: The Movie in 1979.
  5. Were you at the site at 4:40 that afternoon?

Activity 2

  1. Harriet loved to go to the shore; her brother really enjoyed going with her.
  2. The boater was speeding around the lake for two hours; in fact, he was starting to annoy the people on the beach.
  3. My great-grandfather's favorite movies include the following: Vacation, starring Chevy Chase; One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, starring Jack Nicholson; and Funny Girl, starring Barbra Streisand.
  4. Our fitness instructor recommends these healthy foods: carrots, peanuts, apples, grapes, and celery.
  5. Let us plan to meet at 1:10 on the train platform.
  6. (The secretary started her business letter with these words)
      Dear General McNamee:
      We would like to invite you …
  7. The author told the audience members that she plans to entitle her next book Surfing: A Sport Like No Others.
  8. Our tour guide offered the group trips to these places: Juneau, the capital of Alaska; St. Louis, the Gateway to the West; and San Francisco, the City by the Bay.
  9. We need to reach our goal of $10,000 in two weeks; therefore, we will step up our phone campaign starting tomorrow.
  10. The nurse spent much time with that one patient; as a result, her time spent with the next few patients will be reduced.
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