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Semi-Colon

The most feared punctation on earth.
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Julien Bondy

on 11 October 2012

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Transcript of Semi-Colon

Semi-Colon The most feared, misused and misunderstood mark of punctuation on earth. The semi-colon is used to connect 2
independent clauses. Why? Use a semi-colon between two independent clauses that can stand alone as their own sentence. How? Never use a semi-colon with conjunctions! Don't! To bond two stand alone sentences, either related or in contrast with each other. When? The semi-colon holds equal power to a period. Power of the semi-colon. To separate elements that are themselves punctuated by a comma. Secondary Purpose Use a semi-colon in a list of items that are initially separated by coma's. The Super-Coma For example:

The milk man drove by the house today. He had a very big nose.

The milk man drove by the house today; he had a very big nose. Conjunctions are words like and, but, or, nor, for so and yet. For example: That cake looks magnificent indeed, but I have no desire to eat it. For example: Susan went to the store because she wanted to buy bread; John stayed at home. The semi-colon is much stronger than a coma. For example, The associates elected at the meeting were Eugene Krabs, president; Sandy Cheeks and vice president; Patrick Star. THE END When would you use a semi-colon? Exercise #1 The semi-colon is used when you want to bond two stand alone sentences, either related or in contrast with each other ANSWER What must you avoid when using a semi-colon? Exercise #2 Never use a semi-colon with conjunctions! ANSWER What is the secondairy purpose of a semi-colon? Exercise #3 To separate elements that are themselves punctuated by a comma. ANSWER
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