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Colons: Semicolons;

Correct Use of Colons

Colons indicate that a list follows:

The choices are: vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry.

Correct Use of Semicolons

Semicolons join two complete independent clauses:

The report is finished; it had to be completed by tomorrow.

If items in a list contain commas, semicolons separate the items:

The choices are: vanilla, fudge sauce, and whipped cream; chocolate, hot caramel, and whipped cream; or strawberry, whipped cream, and sprinkles.

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