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    Is this correct about semicolon?

    I came across the use of semicolon in this sentence " the university will offer the following; 4-year program and short courses". I think semicolon should be used to connect two clauses. I'm not sure how to use semicolon to give examples.
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    Re: Is this correct about semicolon?

    Quote Originally Posted by doingresearch View Post
    I came across the use of semicolon in this sentence " the university will offer the following; 4-year program and short courses". I think semicolon should be used to connect two clauses. I'm not sure how to use semicolon to give examples.
    Please share ideas.
    No, it should be a colon.

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    Re: Is this correct about semicolon?

    Quote Originally Posted by doingresearch View Post
    I came across the use of semicolon in this sentence " the university will offer the following; 4-year program and short courses". I think semicolon should be used to connect two clauses. I'm not sure how to use semicolon to give examples.
    Please share ideas.
    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    No, it should be a colon.
    I don't even see the need for a colon there.
    I'm not a teacher yet, but I am studying a Bachelor of Education with an English Literature major at Charles Sturt University, in NSW, Australia.

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    Re: Is this correct about semicolon?

    Quote Originally Posted by HanibalII View Post
    I don't even see the need for a colon there.
    Well, you'll have to explain that. Could you write the sentence as you think it should be punctuated? Here's mine:
    "The university will offer the following: 4-year programs and short courses." Yes, you can omit the colon if you want to change the meaning. I don't think that was the question.

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    Re: Is this correct about semicolon?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Well, you'll have to explain that. Could you write the sentence as you think it should be punctuated? Here's mine:
    "The university will offer the following: 4-year programs and short courses." Yes, you can omit the colon if you want to change the meaning. I don't think that was the question.

    Say it as he's written it out. 'The university will offer the following 4 year program and short courses'.

    I can't think of how to explain it. But omitting the colon doesn't change the meaning at all.
    I'm not a teacher yet, but I am studying a Bachelor of Education with an English Literature major at Charles Sturt University, in NSW, Australia.

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    Re: Is this correct about semicolon?

    Quote Originally Posted by HanibalII View Post
    Say it as he's written it out. 'The university will offer the following 4 year program and short courses'.

    I can't think of how to explain it. But omitting the colon doesn't change the meaning at all.
    You don't think it's meant to be a list then? Why on earth would anyone put a semicolon there unless they were trying to indicate a list?

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    Re: Is this correct about semicolon?

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    You don't think it's meant to be a list then? Why on earth would anyone put a semicolon there unless they were trying to indicate a list?

    It sounds as though the list is meant to come after, and on that list they'll have the content of the '4 year program and short courses'.

    Further context would help.
    I'm not a teacher yet, but I am studying a Bachelor of Education with an English Literature major at Charles Sturt University, in NSW, Australia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HanibalII View Post
    It sounds as though the list is meant to come after, and on that list they'll have the content of the '4 year program and short courses'.

    Further context would help.
    I agree that further context would help but, as it stands, I would read it as a list consisting of "[a] four-year program and [some] short courses".
    I definitely wouldn't read it as "...the following four-year program and short courses: Accountancy (four years), music, maths, French, English and pottery (short courses).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Is this correct about semicolon?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I agree that further context would help but, as it stands, I would read it as a list consisting of "[a] four-year program and [some] short courses".
    I definitely wouldn't read it as "...the following four-year program and short courses: Accountancy (four years), music, maths, French, English and pottery (short courses).

    Why not? It sounds perfectly natural to me...
    I'm not a teacher yet, but I am studying a Bachelor of Education with an English Literature major at Charles Sturt University, in NSW, Australia.

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    Re: Is this correct about semicolon?

    Quote Originally Posted by HanibalII View Post
    Why not? It sounds perfectly natural to me...
    The OP says he's an English Teacher. He should have no problem writing out the sentence again, using a capital letter to start it and period to finish it. That should be conclusive.

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