Colon vs. Semi-Colon Usage

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"Tea forces me to take a deep breath and slow down. Literally, have you ever moved too fast with a mug of hot water in your hands?" Should I put a colon, semi-colon, or ... in between these two sentences? Or leave it as is?

asked Dec 06 '12 at 21:21 JLY0NS New member

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I would leave it as two sentences to keep it simple. If you were to join them, a semi-colon or a comma and a conjunction would be the proper punctuation, You may want to try it without the word 'literally'.

link comment answered Dec 06 '12 at 22:33 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow
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I agree with both Lewis and Patty, but to answer your question about colon and semicolon use:

 

Colons (:) are used to introduce lists and block quotations. A colon is never used to join to sentences (independent clauses). One use of a semicolon (;) is to join two independent clauses.

 

I hope this helps.

link comment answered Dec 07 '12 at 13:31 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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