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Hi, Emad,

@Emad Ragheb posted:

Do these sentences have the correct punctuation? What is the cause of using the punctuation mark in each sentence?

1- He was a man without a plan ; a rebel without a cause.

2- Humanity has only one thing left : hope.

Please, notice that there should be no space before the semi colon or the colon. I'll begin with 2. Yes, it has the correct punctuation. The colon can be used to emphasize a phrase or single word at the end of a sentence.

Concerning 1, you should have provided us with the source of your question. Anyway, I found it here (Number: 11):

https://www.proprofs.com/quiz-...r-8-punctuation-quiz

This site says the the semicolon is the correct answer without giving us the reason. IMO, 'a rebel without a cause' is used as an elliptical clause, this is why the semicolon is used to separate it from the independent clause.

@Emad Ragheb posted:

Do these sentences have the correct punctuation? What is the cause of using the punctuation mark in each sentence?

1- He was a man without a plan ; a rebel without a cause.

2- Humanity has only one thing left : hope.

Hello, Emad—Since the two example sentences have nothing to do with each other, topically or grammatically, they should be given separate threads.

Regarding (1), unlike Ahmed_btm, I find it to contain nonstandard punctuation. The semicolon should be replaced by a comma:

1a- He was a man without a plan, a rebel without a cause.

There is no real justification for the semicolon. Semicolons are generally used to separate independent clauses, not noun phrases.

Hi, David,

Hello, Emad—Since the two example sentences have nothing to do with each other, topically or grammatically, they should be given separate threads.

Regarding (1), unlike Ahmed_btm, I find it to contain nonstandard punctuation. The semicolon should be replaced by a comma:

1a- He was a man without a plan, a rebel without a cause.

There is no real justification for the semicolon. Semicolons are generally used to separate independent clauses, not noun phrases.

I completely agree with you. I was going to say that the semicolon is misused here, but that site was like a barrier and forced me to try to find any justification for its model answer. 

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