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Old 10-21-2012, 06:19 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Shouldn't that have just been a semi-colon?
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Old 10-21-2012, 11:53 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Don't think so. A colon usually leads onto the next part of the sentence and refers back to it, as in "Things to do in Brussels: visit landmarks". It's (to my recollection anyway) when you have a direct followon from the first part of the sentence to the other, when it's like saying this leads to that. A semicolon is more a break in the sentence that is temporary, so not a full stop, which would completely end a sentence, as in this: "He was very tired; he hadn't had much sleep." That's how I understand it anyway. The full colon points like a marker to the second part of the sentence, whereas a semicolon just pauses it.

The way I read it is a colon says "Hey! Look at this next bit!" whereas the semi-colon says "don't leave yet, there's more."

I know, you'll probably quote a wiki article, and maybe I'm wrong, but this is how I remember it.
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Old 10-21-2012, 03:40 PM   #13 (permalink)
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All this anal-retentive talk about colons & semicolons.

It all sounds Greek to me.

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Old 10-22-2012, 08:20 AM   #14 (permalink)
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All this anal-retentive talk about colons & semicolons.

It all sounds Greek to me.

Dude, I love talking about colons. Makes me horny.
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Old 10-24-2012, 05:40 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Dude, I love talking about colons. Makes me horny.
Am I missing something here?
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Am I missing something here?
There is certainly a hole in your understanding.
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Old 10-24-2012, 09:23 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Old 10-25-2012, 04:07 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:32 AM   #19 (permalink)
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