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Colon

That is the secret of my extraordinary life: always do the unexpected.

What is the difference between this usage and a semi-colon or dash ?



Online definition: between two main clauses where the second explains or follows from the first.

Is that not same as a semi-colon. Closely related ideas ?

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panda blue 483That is the secret of my extraordinary life: always do the unexpected.What is the difference between this usage and a semi-colon or dash ?

The m-dash is a less formal alternative. The semicolon is a wrong choice.