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Would you use a semi colon here?

(20 Posts)
Wallabyone Tue 26-Sep-17 19:57:15

You should encourage your child to read a range of texts; fiction and non-fiction.

Thanks in advance!

TheBadTemperedLadybird Tue 26-Sep-17 19:58:40

No, a colon. Meaning 'namely'

HarryDresdensLeatherDuster Tue 26-Sep-17 19:58:57


picklemepopcorn Tue 26-Sep-17 20:01:18

Even a colon seems a bit heavy duty there. I'd probably use a hyphen.

picklemepopcorn Tue 26-Sep-17 20:01:30

Or just a comma.

Wavingkitten Tue 26-Sep-17 20:02:06

I'd use a hyphen.

cornflakegirl Tue 26-Sep-17 20:02:55

I'd use a comma, or a colon if there were a longer list.

MyBrilliantDisguise Tue 26-Sep-17 20:02:57

Colon, because a list follows (albeit a short list.)

ClinkyMonkey Tue 26-Sep-17 20:04:15

I think a colon. Definitely not a semi colon.

PaintingByNumbers Tue 26-Sep-17 20:05:36


Quartz2208 Tue 26-Sep-17 20:06:15

I think a colon is the correct punctuation there.

overnightangel Tue 26-Sep-17 20:06:29


Wallabyone Tue 26-Sep-17 20:10:12

Thanks all, I've passed it on! My brain was blank.

IveGotBillsTheyreMultiplying Tue 26-Sep-17 20:10:24

I'd say

You should encourage your child to read a range of texts, both fiction and non-fiction.

GoGoGazelle Tue 26-Sep-17 20:13:21


ThroughThickAndThin01 Tue 26-Sep-17 20:14:54


ThroughThickAndThin01 Tue 26-Sep-17 20:16:15

Now I've read it properly not a comma. I'd use a hyphen.

secondhoneymoon Tue 26-Sep-17 20:17:40

Semi colon is definitely wrong

BuffyFan Tue 26-Sep-17 21:53:46

It depends on what's meant. Is "fiction and non fiction" the range of texts? Or should a range of texts be chosen from both fiction and non fiction? If the latter, I'd use parentheses. I think that's the more natural meaning of the words as written.

If "fiction and non fiction" is supposed to be the range, I'd word it slightly differently: "a range of texts, both fiction and non fiction".

BuffyFan Tue 26-Sep-17 21:54:33

(I'll evict myself to pedant's corner now where I being)

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