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Which is right in this sentence: semicolon or colon?

Daylight began to forsake the red-room; it was past four o'clock, and the beclouded afternoon was tending to drear twilight. I heard the rain still beating continuously on the staircase window, and ...
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Can a colon be regarded as a junction for complex sentences?

Bessie and Abbot having retreated, Mrs. Reed, impatient of my now frantic anguish and wild sobs, abruptly thrust me back and locked me in, without farther parley. I heard her sweeping away; and soon ...
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A questionable use of colon in this context

I encountered the following strange sentence on this page: Traditionally, websites are less like "something the user has" and more like "somewhere the user visits". Typically, a ...
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Must a complete sentence precede a colon?

Take this sentence: I want the following: butter, sugar, and flour. The part of the sentence that appears before the colon seems to not contain a noun; I seems to be an object, want seems to be a ...
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