Definition of a
- A semicolon looks like this:
- A semicolon is:
- used to join two
sentences more closely than they would be joined
if separated by a
- Between items in a series or listing
containing internal punctuation, especially parenthetic commas,
where the semicolons function as serial commas:
- Several fast food restaurants can be found
within the following cities: London, England; Paris, France;
Dublin, Ireland; Madrid, Spain.
- Between closely related independent clauses
not conjoined with a coordinating conjunction, when the two
parts of the sentence are balanced, opposed or contradictory:
- My wife would like tea; I would prefer
- Between independent clauses linked with a
transitional phrase or a conjunctive adverb:
- Everyone knows he is guilty of committing
the crime; of course, it will never be proven.
- I am alone; my wife had to leave.
- I traveled to London, England; Tijuana, Mexico; and
- Lisa scored 2,570,845,770 points; Marcia, 2,395,312,860; and
- The people present were Jamie, who came from
New Zealand; John, the milkman's son; and George, a gaunt kind
- Here are three examples of familiar
sequences: one, two, and three; a, b, and c; first, second, and
- She stood at the edge, deciding her course
of action; changed her mind and walked home.
- I went to the basketball court; I was told
it was closed for cleaning.
- I told Kate she's running for the hills; I
wonder if she knew I was joking.
- At the mall I bought four things; my sister
bought only two things.
- It can occur in both melodic and harmonic
lines; however, it is subject to certain restraints.
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