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Old 23rd September 2010, 10:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question on English punctuations

What is the difference between (comma and semicolon) and (hyphen and colon)?

For example:

Mary is a benevolent person - a second Mother Teresa.
Mary is a benevolent person: a second Mother Teresa.


Functions of cell membrane include cell recognition; maintain osmotic pressure; maintain mechanical support and separate cytoplasm from extracellular fluid.

Functions of cell membrane include cell recognition, maintain osmotic pressure, maintain mechanical support and separate cytoplasm from extracellular fluid.



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Old 23rd September 2010, 11:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Question on English punctuations

The semicolon ( ; ) is used to join 2 different sentences, while the comma is used in 1 single sentence such as when listing. The correct one is "Functions of cell membrane include cell recognition, maintain osmotic pressure and saperate cytoplasm from extracellular fluid." since its the same sentence and you are listing the functions of cell membrane.

I think you are refering to the dash, not the hyphen, because I think the hyphen is for joining words together (such as boot-licker). However, I don't know the difference between a hyphen/ dash and a colon. Sorry.

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Re: Question on English punctuations

A semicolon probably produces an effect between a colon and a full stop. Perhaps an extension to the first sentence which is still connected in terms of ideas, where a comma is not entirely suitable.
E.g.
A few people, including a neighbour who was taking his dog for a stroll, walked past. (comma)
A few people walked past; a neighbour was taking his dog for a stroll. (semicolon)
He was to ensure that no one left the premises; if anyone insisted on leaving, he was to take down the name of the person. (comma within semicolon)

Another way to use a semicolon:
James loves music. + John loves dancing. = "James loves music; John, dancing."
E.g. The feminine mystique is intuitive, not rational; aesthetic not pragmatic.

Dash: Subversion, sabotage, espionage - this is the work of the secret police in many countries around the world.
Colon: In the afternoon, I went round the locations: the residence, the post office, the clinic.

Another way to use dash (twice):
My family - my mother, father, sister and I - are going for a holiday soon.
The smell of cooking - delicious chicken curry - assailed his nostrils.

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Re: Question on English punctuations

The rule with using a semi-colon is that it joins two sentences which are capable of standing by themselves. Hence, it should not be used like a comma, which is used to join sentence fragments.

e.g.,
I know quite a few of Michael's friends; Raymond, David and Nick are among those with whom I'm most well-acquainted.

As for a colon vs. a dash: a colon is preceded by an introduction which is merely introductory (see this very sentence), whereas a dash is preceded by a complete sentence and idea, and is followed by a sentence fragment which elaborates on the idea first presented.

darksoul has given excellent examples of this.

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Re: Question on English punctuations

Hey guys, I've got another question.

As mentioned by la_nausee and darksoul, a dash is used to elaborate on an preceding idea. Thus, what's the difference between a dash and bracket?

For example,

Iraq's largest minority -- a population of 4 million people -- run their own affair after the death of Saddam.
Iraq's largest minority (a population of 4 million people) run their own affair after the death of Saddam.

In this case, dashes were used. However, would a bracket be appropriate as well? Is there any other usage of bracket other than parentheses?

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