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Semi-colons

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A full stop lets a reader know when to stop reading and take a short pause, to think about the sentence they've read.

A full stop comes at the end of a sentence.

For example, The man walked across the road.

or

The dog chased the cat.

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The full stop goes at the end of the sentence to show that the sentence has finished.

Remember, A full stop doesn't just go at the end of a line - check it makes sense.

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Your Turn…

1. What is a semi-colon?
A punctuation mark
A shape
A type of soft drink

2. What does a semi-colon look like?
:
;
,

3. What is the job of a semi-colon?
To go before speech marks
To separate two main clauses
To transport heavy goods

4. In which of the following examples should the comma be replaced with a semi-colon?
Claire enjoys salmon, but not squid.
Because his eye was on the ball, John scored a terrific goal.
I've eaten all I can, I really couldn't eat any more.

5. Look at the following sentence: Daniel is short for his age he only takes a size four shoe. After which word should the semi-colon go?
shoe
for
age

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