The UVic Writer's Guide


Colons, Semi-Colons, Parentheses and Dashes


Colons, semi-colons, parentheses and dashes are punctuation symbols that form looser connections than the comma. The four symbols are extremely useful, but their subtleties make it easy to confuse them. Learning to use them correctly allows you a greater degree of variety and style in your writing.


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