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You are misusing a colon; it is a stop before a list. I'd go with the commas version. An alternative would be to put "My curiosity," first. My curiosity, my interest in learning and thirst to seek out information whenever I can, is what I would consider my greatest talent.


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Do not use a comma before "is" in this sentence: My curiosity is what I would consider my biggest talent. A more concise way of saying the same thing: Curiosity is my biggest talent. Also, you start with a sentence fragment, ending with a colon, and then have a complete sentence. A colon is an abrupt stop before a list or definition. That's not ...


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It is not simple but there is a difference between joining things with a colon or a semicolon. With a colon there is an assumption of general to specific, or idea and explanation. For example, 'He had a stomach pain: it was constipation.' With a semicolon there is an assumption of causation: it is as though the word 'because' has been substituted by the ...


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Are then any such situations, with two independent clauses where a colon is an absolute must, or grammatically preferred over a semicolon, and regarded as better, writing practice. If this is a question resolved by a style guide you adhere to then follow its guidance. Otherwise, no. It's just about possible to write down the rules where English requires, or ...


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As a writer, sitting before your keyboard or other instrument of writing, you can do pretty much anything that you want. The real question is, should you. If you accept that writing is a means of communication between writers and their readers, the question becomes, does a particular practice enable or degrade that communication. Thus, if the specific set of ...


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While technically valid, using a colon here doesn't really work. Segmental colons in prose have largely fallen in to disuse and these days are largely the province of scripts. I don't think it's a huge problem though as arguably you don't need any dialogue tag here: The headmaster entered the room, "Everybody sit down now!" This works just as ...


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I am trying to decide on my preferred writing style ... You won't learn your preferred writing style by reading answers and comments on this site or any other site, or from any instruction manual, you'll learn it by writing and reading, reading both your own words and those of others. As for how to punctuate dialogue, don't give it another moment's thought ...


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Both these sentences are correct but they mean different things: reading, relating and drawing require hard work This means that each of the three tasks requires hard work. reading, relating and drawing requires hard work This means that doing all three together as one process requires hard work, but individually they could be easy. But you included the ...


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