It can be spelled both ways. Capitalise is the British way of spelling it.
Actually, that's incorrect. You don't need a colon there. It is not for lists. Colons are usually interchangable with dashes (NOT HYPHENS! DASHES) but you wouldn't say "I'm going to the shop to buy--milk and bread."
This is a good forum. I'm glad you posted it, because several articles I've read have had very poor grammar. It disappoints me that writer's don't take more time to edit and polish their work before submitting. Anyways, thanks! :)
Thank you. You should really be a teacher, you explained these rules better than mine!!!
You're right, you post the perfect example of grammar, puntuation...
I've been having that same issue, and somebody finally explained it to me. They said that it was supposed to me used to combine a fragment sentence to another sentence, but i wouldnt count on that definition, imstill trying to figure it as well!
No, graceab, semicolons cannot be used at the beginning of a list. Only colons can be used that way.
I agree with this.
How should you know when to have a paragraph break, or a comma in your writing, when it does not look correct?
I agree. It's kind of annoying when all people use is text chat and you can't understand what they're even saying.
Yes! Some one who agrees that grammar should be the utmost law of the land! Although I disagree with the thread-creator's idea of the plural-posessive. If a name, object, or subject is plural and is posessive, then it ends in 's, and the same goes for names, objects, or subjects ending in "s" Hence, it should be "kiss's" or "kisses's". Socailly awkward? Yes. Correct grammar? Yes. Colons, are they a seperator? Yes, but there is soooooo much more than that. They are periods-with-pointers. They say: you see all that stuff I said before? Hang on to that, because it's about to be explained right now. Also, a full sentence must come before a colon. "I ate forty-five cookies, twelve cupcakes and had ten bottles of soda: I felt sick afterwards." "Her beautiful face was composed of three things: the sun, the moon, and the water" Semi-colons are seperators too, but unlike the colon, a full sentence has to some before AND after the semi-colon. You use a semi-colon when feal two sentences absolutely have be together, but not seperated by a conjunction and a comma. "Shakespeare wrote many sonnets and plays; he was very good at it; he died. I can't help you with commas, because there is something like fifteen comma rules, and I only have five memorized; I would have to teach an entire year of English grammar before you got them.
I think we all need to be refresed on the rules of grammer!
thanks so much! Everyone uses grammer but not a lot of people use it correctly infact i dont think anyone does. So, thanks for reminding teens and future writers. It helps a lot.
thants so cool! I bet my friends don't know that!
I love this! I read so many great essays that would've been better if they've used proper grammar!
is it bad to use semi-colons too often? does it make my writing look bad?
Wow, I barely took up writing stories from boredom last summer, none of the storylines I ever came up with didn't last very long. I sometime would act out all the things my characters would do and turn them into writing on a noteboot but for no reason I would tell myself this is no good and rip it out. I could use some advise on helping me with that problem I would be very grateful.
Wow! Thanks for posting this! Everyone needs to read it and study it. In fact, they should take a test on it and pass.
I think the part about when to use "its" and "it's" is about the most important thing in the world. In a lot of writing I've seen, people get those mixed up. It's actually my pet peeve. (God, I hope I used the right word. It would be extremely embarrassing if I didn't!)
I don't mean to make this reply so long, but I would like you to know it was a very good idea to put this on here. People need to see it, as I said in my first paragraph.
Thank you! Grammatical errors drive me insane! I'm glad you decided to help people out with this problem.
A semicolon is like the continuing of a sentence with another sentence.
I don't like watching football very much; it gets boring.
Notice how after the semicolon, the next word begins with a lowercase letter rather than a capital letter. - Let me know what you think of this.
No, I personally think semi-colons should be used more often because people aren't learning how to use them very often. If they were used more often, people would be forced to know what they are and how to use them, which is better for everyone's grammar.