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The Semicolon

History and usage
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Erandy Camacho

on 24 January 2013

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MEAN GIRLS By: Alexandra Zelizer & Erandy Camacho You go semicolon! -Damien Historayyy -first printed semicolon was the work of Aldus Manutius just two years after Columbus sailed to the New World
-Greeks used the semicolon to indicate a question
-Medieval scribes used the semicolon to indicate abbreviations
-Semicolon has been adopted into English well before 1700 Da Rulez... 1. Use a semicolon between independent clauses not joined by and, but, or, nor, yet.

Example: We wear pink on Wednesdays; come prepared. (both clauses are independent, closely related, and do not contain any of the words above)
Not: We wear pink on Wednesdays; I like your bracelet.

*only when ideas are closely related and need no distinct break. 2. Use a semicolon between clauses joined by such words such as for example, for instance, that is, besides, accordingly, moreover, nevertheless, furthermore, otherwise, therefore, however, consequently, instead, hence.

Ex: Cady became the most hated girl in the school and all her friends were gone; nevertheless, she won Spring Fling Queen. ( both clauses are joined by nevertheless)

Not: Cady became the most hated girl in the school; because she pushed Regina towards a moving bus. (no linking words are used, instead the sentence contains a SBC )
*for example, for instance, and that is are always followed by a comma
*most words in the list are placed later in the clause 3. A semicolon (rather than a comma) may be needed to separate independent clauses if there are commas within the independent clauses.

Ex: Regina George, the most popular girl on campus, manipulated and was mean to her friends, her boyfriend, the school, and all the girls of the junior class; so surprisingly enough, she was kind towards Cady. (separates independent clauses, which contain several commas)

Not: Regina George was the queen bee of the school; and all guys wanted her, because of her status (first independent clause does not contain commas)
*when one or two commas are used, semicolon is not needed 4. Use a semicolon between items in a series if the items contain commas.

Ex: They tried to ruin Regina George's life by giving her foot cream instead of facial moisturizer, which caused her face to smell like peppermint; gave her a protein bar for her "diet", which made her gain weight; and told Aaron Samuels that Regina was cheating on him, which made him break up with her. (separates items and their explanations)

Not:They tried to ruin Regina George's life by; turning her friends against her, altering her body physique, and ending her relationship with Aaron Samuels. (semicolon is used as a colon, no explanations) No need to get confused just yet! If you embrace these rules you will go from being a loser... to a totally cool grammarian Thank you! Your not cool until we say you are! Learn the rules of the semicolon and we might consider you cool! SEMICOLON Erandy Camacho well in her case not really That is so fetch! These sweatpants are all that fits me right now!
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