Directions: Combine the sentences in each
set by using a dash, a colon, or a semicolon. After each set, indicate
your reason for using the mark you chose by writing "amplification (informal)"
for dashes, "amplification (formal)" for colons, or "contrast" for semicolons.
1. Tom walked home. It was a long walk, but he enjoyed
2. Fridays are boring. Saturdays are fun.
3. Flowers are pretty. I especially like roses.
4. Pickup trucks are useful. They can carry anything from
mulch to furniture.
5. Kara likes to play baseball with the boys. Sarah prefers
shopping at the mall.
6. The Mississippi River is full of fish. Sunfish, bass,
pike, and especially catfish can be found in it.
7. Alfred pretended to be sick so he could stay home and
watch the World Series. Bob was really ill.
8. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
is a funny book. A lot of strange and amusing creatures are in it.
9. The new Harry Potter book was an instant success. It
is almost impossible to find it in the stores.
10. We at McDonald's have introduced three new premium
salads. Let us feed you tonight.