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Colons and Semicolons: The Nightmare Before Christmas Style

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Transcript of Colons and Semicolons: The Nightmare Before Christmas Style

Colons and Semicolons:
The Nightmare Before Christmas Style!

The Colon
A colon is a punctuation mark (:) indicating that a writer is introducing a quotation or a list of items OR that a writer is introducing a particular idea or concept.
Examples:
There are three main characters in The Nightmare Before Christmas
:
Jack Skellington, Sally, and Oogie Boogie.
There is only one occasion in which I watch The Nightmare Before Christmas
:
Halloween.
When Colons are Used in a List. . .
Use the colon after a complete sentence to introduce a list of items when introductory words such as "namely," "for example," or "that is" do not appear.
A colon should not come before a list unless it follows a complete sentence!
Examples:
Jack Skellington has several characteristics that make him creepy
:
his tiny head, his hollow eyes, and his lanky body.
There were many artists that did covers of songs from the movie
:
Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco, and Marilyn Manson.
When Colons are Used Between
an Introductory Clause and another Clause
Use a colon between an independent, introductory clause (one that could stand on its own) and a final phrase or clause that illustrates, extends, or amplifies the preceding thought
Examples:
Jack Skellington has one mission: to be Santa Claus.
Sally was ruled by one evil man: Dr. Finkelstein.
Semicolons Used to Separate Independent Clauses
Use a semicolon in place of a period to separate two sentences where the comma and conjunction has been left out.
Use a semicolon before transitions (therefore, however, nevertheless, as a result, etc.) when they introduce a complete sentence. You MUST use a comma after the transition!
Examples:
Sally used a potion to poison her creator
;
he did not die.
Jack is the leader of Halloweentown
; therefore,
when he tried to take over Christmas, it didn't go so well.
Semicolons (MY FAVORITE!!!)
A semicolon is a punctuation mark (;) indicating a pause, typically between two main clauses, that is more pronounced than that indicated by a comma.
They are used to connect two INDEPENDENT clauses, and sometimes in lists as well.
Examples:
Jack Skellington wanted to take Santa's place
;
however, his plan was not very successful.
Sally had a crush on Jack
;
he did not seem to notice at first.
Check Point!!!
Sally used a poison to put her creator to sleep Worm's Wart.
Oogie Boogie is evil therefore, Santa Claus is scared of him.
I think that this movie is more of a Halloween movie for many reasons its main character is a skeleton, the imagery and setting is creepy, and the music is more about Halloween.
Sally has parts that are sewn together as a result, she falls apart sometimes in the movie.
This is how Jack calls his dog "come on, Zero!"
Dr. Finkelstein made Sally he also made a wife for himself.
I like Halloween better than Christmas because it takes place at night, which makes it creepier it involves costumes, so you can be creative and it involves horror movies, which I love!
Identify where colons and semicolons should be used when constructing compound and complex sentences.
Learning Goal
Smaller Uses of Semicolons
To introduce a quote
When addressing a note or letter to someone
Examples:
Dear Sally
:
According to Jack
:
"just because I cannot see it, doesn't mean I don't believe it!"
Check Point!
I only have one thing to say about the Oogie Boogie Man he's freaky.
There are three small troublemakers in the movie Lock, Shock, and Barrel.
In the movie, Sally says "I love you, Jack!"
Tim Burton makes reference to many holidays in this movie Easter, Christmas, Saint Patrick's Day, Thanksgiving, and Halloween.
After Santa Claus was captured by the Oogie Boogie Man, he could only do one thing escape.
Semicolons in Lists. . .
Use the semicolon to separate units of a series when one or more of the units contain commas.
Example:
There are disputes as to whether the movie is so good because of Tim Burton, because he is the director
;
Danny Elfman, because he is the composer
;
or Pete Kozachik, because he is the cinematographer.
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