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Semicolons and Colons: Writing Skills Success Practice Exercises

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Updated on Aug 25, 2011

Review the lesson for Semicolons and Colons: Writing Skills Success Study Guide.

Practice Exercises

Practice Exercise: Semicolons

Add semicolons where they are needed in the following sentences. You will find the answers at the end of the exercises.

  1. I need a break I've been working for five hours straight.
  2. The storm was torrential it hammered the small town with high winds and heavy rain.
  3. We had no problem meeting the deadline however, we were still able to find ways of streamlining production.
  4. It was a typical Saturday afternoon of washing clothes vacuuming and mopping the floors changing all the bed sheets and grocery shopping.
  5. Paige left some of the confidential documents sitting on her desk at work consequently, she worried about their safety all night long.

Practice Exercise: Correct Punctuation Using Semicolons and Colons

Choose the correctly punctuated version in each of the following sets of sentences. You will find the correct answers at the end of the exercises.

    1. The next bus that leaves for Las Vegas, Nevada, from Bakersfield, California, is at 6:45 A.M.
    2. The next bus that leaves for Las Vegas, Nevada from Bakersfield, California is at 6:45 A.M.
    3. The next bus that leaves for Las Vegas Nevada, from Bakersfield California, is at 6:45 A.M.
    1. Margo said she completed the application, however the last two sections were still blank.
    2. Margo said she completed the application; however the last two sections were still blank.
    3. Margo said she completed the application; however, the last two sections were still blank.
    1. When I go to the employee retreat I'll need a tennis racket, a bathing suit, a pair of sneakers, and a towel.
    2. When I go to the employee retreat, I'll need a tennis racket, a bathing suit, a pair of sneakers, and a towel.
    3. When I go to the employee retreat, I'll need: a tennis racket, a bathing suit, a pair of sneakers, and a towel.
    1. Dear Aunt Sally: It was so nice to see you at the family picnic yesterday.
    2. Dear Aunt Sally, It was so nice to see you at the family picnic yesterday.
    3. Dear Aunt Sally; It was so nice to see you at the family picnic yesterday.
    1. Matthew made certain the essential items were packed for the weekend hike into Big Bear: a tent and stakes; sleeping bag; a working compass; extra food and water; a first-aid kit; a map, pencil, and paper; a flashlight with batteries and an extra bulb; insect repellant; and waterproof matches.
    2. Matthew made certain the essential items were packed for the weekend hike into Big Bear, a tent and stakes, sleeping bag, a working compass, extra food and water, a first-aid kit, a map, pencil, and paper, a flashlight with batteries and an extra bulb, insect repellant, and waterproof matches.
    3. Matthew made certain the essential items were packed for the weekend hike into Big Bear; a tent and stakes, sleeping bag, a working compass, extra food and water; a first-aid kit, a map, pencil, and paper, a flashlight with batteries and an extra bulb; insect repellant, and waterproof matches.
    1. We agreed to plant tulips, a cheerful and colorful flower; daisies, a simply yet lovely crowd favorite; lavender, a delicate flowering herb; and ivy, a low-maintenance ground cover.
    2. We agreed to plant tulips, a cheerful and colorful flower: daisies, a simply yet lovely crowd favorite: lavender, a delicate flowering herb: and ivy, a low-maintenance ground cover.
    3. We agreed to plant tulips a cheerful and colorful flower, daisies a simply yet lovely crowd favorite, lavender a delicate flowering herb, and ivy, a low-maintenance ground cover.
    1. The students learned the following information from the museum guide: the artist's name; the artist's date of birth; the artist's credentials; and the artist's general style.
    2. The students learned the following information from the museum guide the artist's name, the artist's date of birth, the artist's credentials, and the artist's general style.
    3. The students learned the following information from the museum guide: the artist's name, the artist's date of birth, the artist's credentials, and the artist's general style.

Answers

  1. I need a break; I've been working for five hours straight.
  2. The storm was torrential; it hammered the small town with high winds and heavy rain.
  3. We had no problem meeting the deadline; however, we were still able to fi nd ways of streamlining production.
  4. It was a typical Saturday afternoon of washing clothes; vacuuming and mopping the floors; changing all the bed sheets; and grocery shopping.
  5. Paige left some of the confidential documents sitting on her desk at work; consequently, she worried about their safety all night long.
  6. a.
  7. c.
  8. b.
  9. b.
  10. a.
  11. a.
  12. c.

 

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