Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 9 years ago

should i use a semicolon or period?

My struggles came from writing papers. Those problems included: not focusing enough on my topic and not organizing my ideas clearly.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    I'm not sure which bit you are asking about. You have a colon in the middle of the second sentence which is not needed at all. You can just write:

    "Those problems included not focusing enough on my topic and not organizing my ideas clearly."

    The first sentence would read better as:

    "I struggled with writing papers."

    Then because you have used "struggled" in the first sentence and "problems" in the second, I wouldn't say "those" problems (as you haven't mentioned problems). I would say:

    "I struggled with writing papers. My problems included not focusing enough on my topic and not organizing my ideas clearly."

  • 9 years ago

    There is currently no semicolon in this and there does not need to be one. There is, however, a colon, and it is not needed. It should read:

    "My struggles came from writing papers. Those problems included losing focus on the topic while writing and the unclear organization of my ideas."

    You use a colon when you are making a list that is not in a sentence. For a list in a sentence, just use commas and write the sentence.

  • 9 years ago

    Neither.` I always found I had difficulty when writing papers. The problems I faced were not being focused enough on my topic and not organising my ideas clearly.`

  • Neil
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    Semicolons NEVER come before a colon. They may come after as part of the list, but never before.

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  • 9 years ago

    use a period to end every thought. if you're linking 2 thoughts together, use a semicolon.

  • Mamie
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    Use a period here.

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