Questions about example sentences with, and the definition and usage of "Colon"

The meaning of "Colon" in various phrases and sentences

Q: What does colon mean?
A: The colon is used to separate a sentence from a list, in most cases. it is rare that we use a colon in our writing unless we are starting a list.

Synonyms of "Colon" and their differences

Q: What is the difference between : (colon) and ; (semicolon) ?
A: A colon is usually used preceeding a list, or for example. Like here, for example:

I need to buy: Carrots, potatoes, bread, cheese and milk.


A semicolon is not used regularly, and is mainly only used in literature or academic writing. It is similar to a period as it separates sentences, but in a way that the two sentences have to be related but could stand on their own. For example:

Slow down; he's just woken up.

Here 'Slow down' and 'he's just woken up' can both be separate sentences, but as a stylistic choice you can use a semicolon as they are still related.

Some examples where you wouldn't use a semicolon:

'He had just woken up. Clara was not in the bedroom.'
Here the sentences are not related enough, so you use a period.

'He woke up, got out of bed, and looked for Clara.'
Here 'got out of bed' and 'and looked for Clara' cannot be on their own as sentences, so you use a comma.
Q: What is the difference between : colon and ; semicolon ?
A: They are opposites.

The "colon" denotes that the following clause describes the preceding sentence.

"I have three pets: a dog, a cat, and a mouse."

The "semicolon" connects a clause that makes an independent statement

"I have three pets; but I'm allergic to all of them!"
Q: What is the difference between colon and semicolon ?
A: Colon is used to introduce a quote, example or list.
He said: "This is dumb."
He was only here for one thing: revenge.
There are three kinds of chemicals: acids, alkalis and neutral.

Semicolon is to join two independent but related clauses.
My son is a doctor; my daughter is a teacher.

Q: What is the difference between I have drunk too much of cola and I have drunk too much cola ?
A: I have drunk too much of cola is not grammatically correct but I have drunk too much cola is.
Q: What is the difference between colon(:) and semicolon(;) ?
A: Semicolon is also used in lists where the items in the list use a comma, such as "Some capital cities in Europe are Paris, France; Berlin, Germany; and Stockholm, Sweden"

Translations of "Colon"

Q: How do you say this in English (US)? cola
Q: How do you say this in English (US)? cola
cola
Q: How do you say this in English (US)? cola
Q: How do you say this in English (US)? cola
Q: How do you say this in English (UK)? cola en el banco
A: @ddaannaa: "Line at the bank"

Other questions about "Colon"

Q: "How often do you use colon or semicolon in eng? I noticed that you don't use it many of of them. In italian instead it's quite common when you write to give some intonation. " Does this sound natural?
A: "I noticed that you don't use them often"
"I noticed that you don't use them as much"
Il resto mi sembra vada bene!
Q: I would like to drink cola. Does this sound natural?
A: I'd like to drink cola
Q: "colon" Does this sound natural?
A: First one is correct.
Q: I have more cola than before. Did someone pour it? Does this sound natural?
A: I have more cola than before. Did someone pour me more? / Did someone refill it?
Q: Basically, I don't drink cola, but sometimes I just crave it. Does this sound natural?
A: "I generally/usually don't drink cola, but every once in a while I'll still get a craving for it" I would say this. You could also say "In general I don't really drink cola, but sometimes I still crave it." Also, I usually say "coke" instead of "cola" (and I think most Americans tend to do the same).

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