A Colon and Two Semicolons:
From "The Fighter's Badge,"
an editorial column by David H.
(July 25, 2004)
||L6.1 Punct Breaking
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"The Figher's Badge," which Colonel Hackworth has graciously given us permission
to reproduce so that your students can study it in conjunction with this
In the second sentence of this selection, David
H. Hackworth used a colon and two semicolons to control an excellent 91-word
main clause, the length of which helps emphasize his point.
Sentences such as this will rarely, if ever, be explained in most grammar
textbooks, simply because most approaches to grammar never enable students
to identify basic subjects, verbs, and clauses.
For more of David H. Hackworth's writing,
see his home page: http://www.hackworth.com/