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    Using Punctuation: Colon to Indicate Time and Ratios

    Monday, March 21, 2011

    A colon is used between the parts of a number indicating time and between numbers in a ratio.

    1:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 7:50 p.m.
    The ratio of managers to workers is 1:15.

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    Using Punctuation: Colon after a Salutation

    Friday, March 18, 2011

    A colon should be used in business communications after salutations and memo headings.

    Dear Mr. Buffet:       To: Jeani Schultz

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    Types of Sentences: Simple

    Thursday, March 17, 2011

    A simple sentence has only one clause, which is independent; thus, it has only one subject and one predicate. The subject and/or predicate may be single or compound.

    My dogs bark.
    (single subject; single predicate)
    My dogs and my cat fraternize.
    (compound subject; single predicate)
    Their barking and yowling can startle and annoy.
    (compound subject; compound predicate)

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    Types of Sentences

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011

    The structure of a sentence is simple, compound, complex, or compound-complex. This depends on the relationship between the independent and dependent clauses in it.

    Note: In general, varying sentence structure will enhance your writing style, making it more interesting and engaging. Remember, though, that clarity is still the single most important quality of good writing.

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    Using Punctuation: Semicolon to Separate Independent Clauses

    Monday, March 14, 2011

    A semicolon is used to separate independent clauses joined by a coordinating conjunction if one or both of the clauses are long or contain commas.

    Tomorrow afternoon, please use the Main Street entrance; but if it's after 5:00, use the First Street entrance.

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