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    Default colon vs semicolon

    The following are the rules for semicolon and colon that look quite similar. I can't tell the difference exactly. Either of the examples seems like emphasis. So how do you tell the difference? And are these rules quite strict?

    Use a semicolon to join 2 independent clauses when the second clause restates the first or when the two clauses are of equal emphasis.
    ex)Road construction in Dallas has hindered travel around town; streets have become covered with bulldozers, trucks, and cones.

    Use a colon to join 2 independent clauses when you wish to emphasize the second clause.
    ex)Road construction in Dallas has hindered travel around town: parts of Main, Fifth, and West Street are closed during the construction.

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    Default Re: colon vs semicolon

    You state that the rules you have underlined 'look quite similar', but there is an important difference between them.

    Have you read the Similar Threads below?

    Rover

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