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Colons: Bridge the Gap (03:08)

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Think of colons as a bridge joining two parts of a sentence. They can also used to introduce a quotation or a list of multiple things. View examples of how to use colons.

Colon Test and Summary (01:31)

Test your understanding of correct colon use on three sentences. View a summary of when to use colons as punctuation.

Semicolons: More than Half as Good (02:21)

Semicolons connect two statements, indicating a stronger pause than a comma but a weaker pause than a colon. The statements must be related. Semicolons can also be used with transitional words. View examples of how to use semicolons.

Semicolon Test and Summary (01:20)

Test your understanding of correct semicolon use in three sentences. View a summary of when to use semicolons as punctuation.

Dashes - Must Dash (02:04)

A dash is a separation mark. It is stronger than a comma, less formal than a colon, and more relaxed than parentheses. It can be used to insert information or to introduce a short summary after completing the main sentence part.

Dash Test and Summary (01:04)

Test your understanding of correct dash use in a sentence. View a summary of when to use dashes as punctuation.

Parentheses: Breaking Down the Brackets (02:42)

Parentheses are curved brackets used to insert a further explanation that would interrupt a normal sentence flow. Use parentheses for non-essential information. View sample sentences.

Parentheses Summary (00:60)

Replace parentheses with commas to avoid unnecessary use. View a summary of when to use parentheses as punctuation.

Ellipses: Dot, Dot, Dot (02:18)

Ellipses are used in a sentence to show that additional unnecessary words have been left out, to show material left out from a quote, or to signal an unfinished thought. View sample sentences.

Ellipses Test and Summary (01:54)

Test your understanding of correct ellipsis use in a sentence. View a summary of when to use ellipses as punctuation. Tom concludes the punctuation lesson.

Credits: Punctuation Explained: Colons, Semicolons, Brackets, Dots and Dashes (00:29)

Credits: Punctuation Explained: Colons, Semicolons, Brackets, Dots and Dashes

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Punctuation is something that many people have trouble getting their heads around. This program provides a comprehensive guide to proper punctuation. We examine some common punctuation errors and pitfalls, and explain how to improve our written expression. We'll look in detail at the functions of colons, semicolons, dashes, parentheses and ellipses. These punctuation marks are often avoided in everyday writing, due to confusion about their features and functions. In this video, we offer some simple rules to optimize the use of these punctuation marks, and demonstrate that effective punctuation needn't be complicated.

Length: 21 minutes

Item#: BVL94155

ISBN: 978-1-68272-025-7

Copyright date: ©2010

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