Interactive Rubric for Written Communication: 7.2.5. Commas & Colons

This guide will help you understand common conventions of academic writing and the application of marking rubrics



Definition (formal)

Commas (i.e., ,), colons (i.e., :) and semi-colons (i.e., ;) are used to indicate and emphasise different parts of a sentence or list.


For example, the following sentence contains a comma to indicate a pause and a part of the sentence that relates directly to the previous sentences.

Therefore, the dichotomy between nature and nurture only appears when they are compared in a single generation.

Resources (textbook)

Refer to the textbook pages and sections to improve your knowledge and understanding of the criterion.

Resources (web)

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We acknowledge the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and acknowledge Traditional Owners of the lands where our staff and students, live, learn and work.Acknowledgement of Country