Colons: Bridge the Gap (03:08)
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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