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I have the following sentence:

Let us recall the functionality of watch - it tells you the time when you want to know.

Is it ok to use - here? Or should I use

Let us recall the functionality of watch: it tells you the time when you want to know.

  • I believe either is correct, but the second one seems a bit better, because you're presenting what the functionality of watch is, instead of just stating it. – 智障的人 Aug 17 '15 at 14:30
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You have two independent clauses, so use a semi-colon. You would not use a colon because it is followed by a single item, not a list.

Let us recall the functionality of a watch; it tells you the time when you want to know it.

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    or may I say "Let us recall the functionality of a watch, which is to tell you the time when you want to know it." – JumpJump Aug 17 '15 at 18:13

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