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Use Colons Correctly: Adding Further Information

In this worksheet, students practise using colons in sentences where further information is provided.

'Use Colons Correctly: Adding Further Information' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

Curriculum subtopic:   Punctuate Independent Clauses

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

Colons can be used to punctuate sentences where the second part explains or illustrates the first part.

It wasn't easy: the questions were all at level 5.

 

In this example, using two separate sentences or a conjunction would also be correct.

It wasn't easy. The questions were all at level 5.

It wasn't easy because the questions were all at level 5.

 

However, using a comma to join the clauses would not be correct.

It wasn't easy, the questions were all at level 5. (wrong)

 

Using colons in this way is also a way of emphasising a point.

Sid is particularly well known for his greed.

By rewriting this sentence with a colon, Sid's greed can be highlighted.

Sid is particularly well known for one thing: his greed.

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