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Semicolons

How to use semicolons
by Spokane Community College SCC on 26 August 2014

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Semicolons
Definition:
The semicolon is used to separate structurally equal parts/units (independent clauses) when the ideas are closely related.
When to use semicolons:
1.
Use a semicolon to connect two independent clauses that convey parallel or contrasting information, but are not joined by a coordinating conjunction.
Ex: The yard work is finished
;
I can finally go inside.

Ex: Knitting is a pastime enjoyed by many
;
knitting needles are currently in high demand.
When to use semicolons:
2.
Use a semicolon between two independent clauses when the second clause is introduced by a transitional word or phrase, or use it before a conjunctive adverb (both elements are followed by a comma).

Common transitional phrases:

after all, as a matter of fact, as a result, for example, in addiction, in conclusion, in other words, on the contrary, on the other hand, and so on...

Common conjunctive adverbs:

also, consequently, conversely, finally, furthermore, hence, however, meanwhile, moreover, nevertheless, nonetheless, otherwise, similarly, subsequently, therefore, thus, and so on...

Ex: Laurie has published many novels
;

in addition
, she has her own company.
Ex: Collin had a wonderful idea
;
however
, the boss vetoed it.

Ex: I did not know what time it was
;

otherwise
, we would not have been late for the party.
GOAL!
Use semicolons:
* In lists
* To extend a sentence
* Before a transitional phrase
* Before conjunctions

Thank you!
When to use semicolons:
3.
Use semicolons between items in a series when one or more of these items contain commas (internal punctuation).

Ex: I have lived in Omaha, Nebraska
;
Litchfield, Connecticut
;
and Mason City, Iowa.

Ex: My uncle, Henry Phillip III, is the best violinist I have ever met
;
he is incredibly innovative and can compose new music in fifteen minutes, but he doesn't like to be bothered when he is working.

Ex: Luann saw Peter, who was looking at his watch
;
Kulani who was grabbing her keys
;
and Matilda, who was pretending not see her.
When not to use semicolons:
1.

Don't
use semicolons with coordinating conjunctions -FANBOYS when sentences are short.
Ex: My cousin's nails are magnificent indeed
;

but
I have no desire to groom them. (
incorrect
)
Ex: My cousin's nails are magnificent indeed
;
nevertheless, I have no desire to groom them. (
correct
)


When not to use semicolons:
2.

Don't
use semicolons between a dependent and an independent clause.

Ex: No one applied for the job
;
even though it was advertised extensively. (
incorrect
)
Ex: No one applied for the job
,
even though it was advertised extensively. (
correct
)

YouTube Links:
Online Resources:
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/engagement/2/1/44/
http://theoatmeal.com/comics/semicolon
http://writersrelief.com/blog/2008/03/three-essential-semicolon-rules/
Remember...
3. Don't
use semicolons to introduce a list (
use a colon instead
).
Ex: When Marta left the house, she had with her three things
;
her purse, her glasses, and her pepper spray. (
incorrect
)
Ex: When Marta left the house, she had with her three things
:
her purse, her glasses, and her pepper spray. (
correct
)
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