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Complete this lesson in your English book please. 

Please keep your presentation neat. Thank you. 


LO: To identify and use colons and semi-colons (W55).


Wish 1: I can identify punctuation

Wish 2: I can add missing punctuation

Wish 3: I can explain how to use colons and semi-colons 


Task: Read the information below on colons and semi-colons

Complete the ‘Colons’ and ‘Semi-Colons’ CGP Pages



Semi-colons can be used to join two related sentences together. Both sentences must be about the same thing and equally important. They must make sense on their own.


Tommo walked to work every day; Charlie walked to work once a week.  (Correct)

Tommo walked to work; every day Charlie walked to work once a week.


A dash can also link two related clauses. However, dashes tend to be used in more informal writing.   The tree had blown over- we couldn’t get past.


You can also use semi-colons in a list when the items are longer.

I need you to get some freshly squeezed orange juice; brown wholemeal bread; green golden delicious apples; and a cheese and tomato sandwich.


Colons can be used to introduce an explanation about a point you have just made. They normally separate two main clauses.

First point: more specific point.

First point- makes sense on its own

More specific point- Normally a separate main clause. Always about the same topic as the first point but gives more information or explanation.

I felt confused: the door was now unlocked.


A colon can also introduce a list.

There were 3 rooms in the house: a bedroom, a bathroom and a kitchen.