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Clutter Busters A lesson on commas, colons, and semicolons Grade 5
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Commas, Colons, and Semicolons Commas are used to separate ideas, to set off special elements, and to set off quotations. A colon is used to introduce lists of items, after the greeting of a business letter, and to separate hours and minutes in time expressions. A semicolon is used to join two related sentences, each with balanced meaning.
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Commas Commas are used to separate ideas, to set off special elements, and to set off quotations.
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Commas are used to separate ideas. Incorrect: Kari is bringing candles baskets napkins and plastic plates to the park. Correct: Kari is bringing candles, baskets, napkins, and plastic plates to the park.
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Commas are used to set off special elements. Incorrect: Yesterday my team won the game. Correct: Yesterday, my team won the game.
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Commas are used to set off quotations. Incorrect: Clark asked “Where is Lois?” Correct: Clark asked, “Where is Lois?”
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A colon is used to introduce lists of items. Incorrect :The following items will be required at camp, sleeping bag, tent, hiking shoes, and compass. Correct : The following items will be required at camp: sleeping bag, tent, hiking shoes, and compass.
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A colon is used after the greeting of a business letter. Incorrect: Dear Sir, Correct: Dear Sir:
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A colon is used to separate hours and minutes in time expressions. Incorrect : The time is 815.
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