ACT English Practice: Colons, Semicolons & Periods


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Choose the best replacement for the underlined portion of the sentence:

Unwilling to let her daughter walk to school alone; Emily accompanied her every day.

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Choose the best replacement for the underlined portion of the sentence:

Thom isn't really angry, he's just hungry and tired after a long day.


Choose the best replacement for the underlined portion of the sentence:

I was halfway through my grocery shopping when I got a text from my mom: she wanted me to pick up some extra salsa.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This worksheet and quiz can help you understand how to use different punctuation in sentences to improve sentence variety and clarity. Topics you'll learn about include periods, semicolons, and colons, and the companion quizzes will measure your knowledge on how to use them.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessments to evaluate your understanding about:

  • Using punctuation to combine independent clauses
  • How to use colons to introduce lists or explanations
  • When to use semicolons to combine complete thoughts

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve punctuation practice problems
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to help develop sentences with correct punctuation
  • Making connections - use understanding of different sentence types to know when different punctuation is appropriate

Additional Learning

To learn more about punctuation and sentences, review partnering lesson on independent clauses, colons, semicolons and periods. This lesson covers objectives such as:

  • Define the term 'independent clause'
  • Spot independent clauses in sentences
  • Know how and when to use periods, colons and semicolons in sentences