Grammar for writing: the colon

This lesson, we will refine our work by considering how we could use colons to emphasise key ideas, expand on our points and add clarity to our writing. You will need a pen and paper.

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Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

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Q1.What is a main clause?

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Q2.What is a subordinate clause?

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Q3.Which of the statements below is true?

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Q4.True or false?

You do not need a capital letter after a semicolon unless the first word is a proper noun (the name of a person or place).

A semicolon joins two main clauses; they have to be linked or related to each other.

You should use a semicolon to separate a subordinate clause from a main clause.

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Q5.Do these sentences use semicolons correctly?

Summer is my favourite time of year; The weather is (mostly) glorious!

Hard work has many benefits; one of which is success.

Tears of joy ran down her face; she was free.

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Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

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Q1.What is a main clause?

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Q2.What is a subordinate clause?

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Q3.Which of the statements below is true?

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Q4.True or false?

You do not need a capital letter after a semicolon unless the first word is a proper noun (the name of a person or place).

A semicolon joins two main clauses; they have to be linked or related to each other.

You should use a semicolon to separate a subordinate clause from a main clause.

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Q5.Do these sentences use semicolons correctly?

Summer is my favourite time of year; The weather is (mostly) glorious!

Hard work has many benefits; one of which is success.

Tears of joy ran down her face; she was free.

5/5

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Grammar for writing: the colon (Quiz)

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Q1.Which of these punctuation marks is a colon?

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Q2.What is the correct definition of a main clause?

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Q3.The four key uses of a colon are:

to show posession

to introduce a longer quotation

to add emphasis to a word or phrase

to end a sentence

to introduce an explanation

to introduce a list

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Q4.True or false?

A colon separates two subordinate clauses.

You can use a colon to introduce a list.

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Q5.True or false?

A colon has the same job as a semicolon.

Often, a colon is used to add emphasis to a particular word or phrase.

You do not need a capital letter after a colon unless it is a proper noun or quotation.

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Grammar for writing: the colon (Quiz)

Complete the questions below to check your understanding.

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Q1.Which of these punctuation marks is a colon?

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Q2.What is the correct definition of a main clause?

2/5

Q3.The four key uses of a colon are:

to show posession

to introduce a longer quotation

to add emphasis to a word or phrase

to end a sentence

to introduce an explanation

to introduce a list

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Q4.True or false?

A colon separates two subordinate clauses.

You can use a colon to introduce a list.

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Q5.True or false?

A colon has the same job as a semicolon.

Often, a colon is used to add emphasis to a particular word or phrase.

You do not need a capital letter after a colon unless it is a proper noun or quotation.

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Lesson summary: Grammar for writing: the colon

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