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Revise Your Punctuation: Colons and Semi-Colons 2

In this worksheet, students revise whether to use colons or semi-colons to join sentences.

'Revise Your Punctuation: Colons and Semi-Colons 2' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   English

Curriculum subtopic:   Punctuation: Colons, Semicolons & Apostrophes

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Worksheet Overview

Colons and semi-colons can both be used to join clauses and sentences, but it can be hard to decide which to use.

 

If the second sentence gives further information about the first part, then a colon is used to join them.

The weather forecast was wrong: it rained all day.

We had to hire a bigger hall: so many people wanted to come to the concert.

 

If the two sentences are closely connected in some other way, a semi-colon is used.

My birthday is in January; my brother's is in March.

I had liver for tea yesterday; I hated it.

 

It would be correct to write all these examples as separate sentences, but using colons and semi-colons shows that the sentences are linked in some way and makes our writing more varied and interesting.

 

It is a very common mistake to use commas to join sentences but it is never correct to do so.

I had liver for tea yesterday, I hated it. (wrong)

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