obvious break. Examples of various uses of the
semicolon are shown below.
I do not believe he is guilty; no one who
knows him could believe it.
Mary decided to leave early; therefore, she
set the alarm.
We cannot hope to win with so little
preparation; nevertheless, we must try.
plan will fail.
instructions must be
otherwise our chapel
A colon is a punctuation mark that indicates
anticipation or that directs attention to what
follows. It serves primarily to introduce certain
ideas such as a list of items or phrases in a series,
clauses in a series, a summary, or a direct or
indirect quotation. The words that precede the
colon suggest to the reader what is to follow.
Examples of various uses of the colon are shown
Before a series of items.
The chapel council officials to be chosen
are as follows: president, vice president,
The normal order of a sentence is always:
subject, verb, and object.
Between independent clauses when the
second clause explains or restates the idea in the
These chapel pew covers are the most
durable kind: they are reinforced with
stitching and covered with a plastic
Before a long formal statement.
Petty Officer Rankin made the following
The time is coming when . . .
Between the hour and minute.
Between chapter and verse in reference to
passages from the Bible.
Between volume and page number of a
periodical or manual.
Library Quarterly 29:82
The question mark is used to indicate that the
sentence preceding it is a direct question. In some
instances the question mark is the only means of
distinguishing between a statement and a question.
Examples of various uses of the question mark
are shown below.
A sentence which asks a question.
Do you know where RP3 Jones went?
A statement containing an indirect
What did you say about the chapel
bulletin? she asked.
An exclamation point is used as a mark of
punctuation after an exclamatory word or
sentence to express strong sentiments of
various types. Generally, the exclamation point
is not used in Government correspondence.
Examples of various uses of the exclamation point
are shown below.
A sentence showing strong emotion.
How about that!
An interjection at the beginning of a
sentence. NOTE: The interjection is usually
followed by a comma.
Oh, there you have me!