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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