Quiz: Only 1 in 50 People Can Pass This Semicolon Test. Can You?

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Think you know how to use semicolons properly?

How well do you know English grammar rules involving the semicolon and punctuation? Are you smart about these rules.

 Feb 28, 2017
1 of 10Pick the correct answer!
A semicolon functions like a period, EXCEPT it ________
separates the subject and predicate
joins two closely related sentences
divides two sentence fragments
2 of 10Pick the correct answer!
A semicolon can be used between items in a series, if ________
the items are all closely related and dependent
the items are long or if the phrases contain commas
the phrases all begin with the same preposition
3 of 10Pick the correct answer!
Semicolons are most often used to connect ________
an independent clause and a dependent clause
sentence fragments and dependent clauses
two independent clauses
4 of 10Pick the correct answer!
Which of the following statements is TRUE?
insert a semicolon to divide two unrelated, dependent clauses
don't use a semicolon if there's a close connection between clauses
use a semicolon only if there is a close connection between clauses
5 of 10Pick the correct answer!
Which sentence is punctuated CORRECTLY?
Earlier today; salesperson and I had a heated discussion.
neither
Earlier today, the salesperson; and I had a heated discussion.
6 of 10Pick the correct answer!
Which sentence is punctuated CORRECTLY?
The jury deliberated twelve hours. Their verdict was announced at midnight.
The jury deliberated twelve hours; their verdict was announced at midnight.
Both
7 of 10Determine which two words the semicolon belongs around.
It is raining outside I will bring my umbrella with me.
raining; outside
outside; I
bring; my
8 of 10Determine which two words the semicolon belongs around.
Some colleges offer full time scholarships others do not.
colleges; offer
time; scholarships
scholarships; others
9 of 10Pick the correct answer!
Choose the sentence with the correct punctuation.
You asked for: forgiveness. He granted it to you.
You asked for forgiveness; he granted it to you.
You asked for forgiveness he granted it to you.
10 of 10Pick the correct answer!
Choose the sentence with the correct punctuation.
The American flag has: three colors. Red, white, and blue.
The American flag has three colors; red, white, and blue.
The American flag has three colors: red, white, and blue.
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