in spanish, we have 3 "kinds" of periods (.)
"period and continue" when you finish a sentence and you continue the next one in the same paragraph
"period and apart" when you finish a paragraph
"final period" when you finish writing
is in english also something like that?
uh, ok, i ask beacuse my somewhat stupid english teacher was dictating some stuff and she was saying stuff like "period and apart" and i was sure in english it isn't said like that.
she also said once "two periods and apart" instead of "colon"
Yeah, English uses all those periods, but we don't treat them differently. And like Pete said, 'period' is an American word, not English .
I think the 'period' thing is another American attempt at individuality, just like the 'faucet' and the American measurement system. Ironically, I speak better American than English, but I'm probably gonna continue my education in Britain.
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ashman you are so predictable. i saw you'd replied to this topic and i just KNEW it was going to be something to do with menustration. definetly not worthy of the "lol classic ashman" tag... classic ashman is crappic ashman!
A semicolon is used for connecting two sentences related in subject matter; a comma is to separate list items, to link out clauses, and to show when to pause. For example, I could have said "subject matter, while a comma..." but the semicolon is more elegant and doesn't need a connective.
I still have never understood semicolons. I mean we've all seen a full colon right, yeah, pretty groovy and useful little symbol. But then they have to go stuff it all up by having a semicolon. Does semi not mean half? A semicolon does not look like half a colon...it's a bloody colon with a comma added...a semicolon would look like a full stop or a dot in the middle of line! They should be renamed to something like a commacolon for less confusing with stupid people like myself...
...and is it not true that a colon is a part of your digestive system! What's the deal with that? I mean you go, yeah lost my colon the other day...and everyone would be like...OH No that's tragic...and your kinda looking at em strange cause you only actually lost of piece of paper with a colon on it but they thought...yeah well whatever...
...and in the case of the colon organ thing. How could you have a semicolon? It's like you go into the doctor and he's like "Terrible news. You were born with a semi colon, that's why your shitting out of your other end..." or something horrible like that. I mean is semicolon not the stupidest word in existance!?