Writing for Business

Jul 20 2009   3:09PM GMT

Colons and semicolons

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

typing Which is correct?
Here’s one of our favorite technology ________ the parts of your computer that you can hit with a hammer are called hardware and the parts you can only curse at are called software.
a. quotations;
b. quotations:

Answer: b
Explanation: Use a colon to separate two parts of a sentence when the first part introduces the second part or the second part explains the first part.

Queen’s University provides a good explanation of when to use colons vs. semicolons.

Here’s the complete list of Our Favorite Technology Quotations.

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  • Koohiisan
    The link for the technology quotations is invalid: it points to the colons vs. semicolons document! :)
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  • Jaeo
    Ooops -- thanks for alerting! Fixed.
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