punctuation. Colons & semicolons. colons. To the left of the colon, you must have a complete sentence/independent clause. I need to purchase the following items: parsnips; carrots; bread, both rye and wheat; and lettuce.
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#3: Betsy Roof, painter extraordinaire, has produced her greatest masterpiece to date: a seascape featuring dolphins, whales, and manatees, all frolicking together--like children playing--in the moonlight.
Remove the colon after "date."
B. Replace the commas after dolphins, whales, and manatees with semicolons.
#4: Despite the delay due to bad weather, the volunteers from San Marcos, Texas, finally delivered to the victims of the Moore tornado a donation of lightly used children's toys, to which the children exclaimed, "Thank you, Texas"!
Hyphenate "lightly used."
"Children's" should be "childrens.'"
The exclamation point should go inside the quotation mark.
#6: My mother-in-law Charlene, is coming for a visit on July 4, 2013, but no one in my household, except me, will be there, so I, and I alone, must now think of fun activities that do not require going outside, spending money, or eating spicy food.
#8: Even in the twenty-first century, some people continue to own old, outdated and fuel guzzling cars that pollute the air, waste fuel and waste money, but these idiots do not seem to care; I, however, find their actions reprehensible.
Place a hyphen between "first" and "century.”
B. there should be a hyphen between "fuel" and "guzzling."
#9: The requirements for becoming a member of the Kiwanas are: payment of the $200 dues, which is reduced to $150 after a five-year membership; attendance at the orientation that is always scheduled for the first week of August; and a recommendation from another Kiwana.