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Chapter 28. Mark Me: Punctuation > With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility:... - Pg. 327

Mark Me: Punctuation 327 Example: If you toss a penny 10,000 times, it will not be heads 5,000 times, but more like 4,950 times; the heads picture weighs more, so it ends up on the bottom. · Use a semicolon between main clauses connected by conjunctive adverbs such as however, nevertheless, moreover, for example, and consequently. Example: She planned to run away with the circus; however, she was allergic to elephants so she took an MBA instead. Now that I've cured your fear of semicolons, you're free to use them as needed to make your writing clear and graceful. A semicolon may not be the greatest thing since rocky-road ice cream, but it can help you craft your unique writing style. With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: The Colon Like Mick Jagger and Liza Minelli, the semicolon and the colon are often confused. But unlike our stars, the colon and the semicolon are not interchangeable. Here's how to use the colon. · Use a colon before a long, formal quotation. Figure that five lines or more qualifies as "long": Example: In his famous speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 23, 1963, the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. said: "I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal.' I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood." Write Angles