Punctuation for IELTS Band 9 Score | International English Language Testing System
Learn how to use a 'colon' and 'semi-colon' correctly to improve your IELTS Writing test score.
Use a colon ...
before a list, summary or quote, and statement of fact
(1) Before a listI could only find three of the ingredients: sugar, flour and coconut.(2) Before a summaryTo summarise: we found the camp, set up our tent and then the bears attacked.(3) Before a quoteAs Jane Austen wrote: it is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.(4) To complete a statement of factThere are only three kinds of people: the good, the bad and the ugly.
Use a semi-colon...
(1) To link two separate sentences that are closely related.The children came home today; they had been away for a week.(2) In a list that already contains commas.Star Trek, created by Gene Roddenberry; Babylon 5, by JMS; Buffy, by Joss Whedon; and Farscape, from the Henson Company.