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Colon and semicolon in a single sentence

  • November 26, 2009, 6:14am

When there is no sentence, phrase or anything before the list, then obviously no punctuation is required.

Example:

You can fill the basket with diapers, baby wipes, baby lotion baby powder, baby oil, and NS bottles.

If there is a phrase or sentence fragment (weak clause) before the list, then use a comma.

Example:

Remember that, you can fill the basket with diapers, baby wipes, baby lotion baby powder, baby oil, and NS bottles.

If there is a sentence before the list, which is a complete sentence (strong clause), then use a semicolon after the sentence and before the list. The semicolon must have an introductory phrase (For example [e.g.], that is [i.e.], or for instance) after it and a comma must come after the introductory phrase.

Example:

You can fill the basket with Baby Products; for instance, diapers, baby wipes, baby lotion baby powder, baby oil, and NS bottles.

Use a colon when you do not want to use an introductory phrase; in this case, you would use a colon instead of the semicolon.

Example:

You can fill the basket with Baby Products: diapers, baby wipes, baby lotion baby powder, baby oil, and NS bottles.

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