Use of the semicolon, the ";" symbol.

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Hemingway sentence coordinating clauses with commas

She had a great talent and appreciation for the bed, she was not pretty, but he liked her face, she read enormously, liked to ride and shoot and, certainly, she drank too much. Is this ...
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Should a semi-colon be used before “however”? [duplicate]

"However" should always have a comma after it (please let me know if this is wrong), so when writing complex sentences, should a semi-colon be inserted before the "however"? e.g. I love dogs; ...
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What does the semicolon in the dictionary definition of a word mean?

Many dictionaries use a semicolon in a meaning for a word. For instance for the word impertinent I have seen: "outside the bounds of proper speech or behaviour; impudent; insolent; saucy" Then ...
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How do I punctuate this sentence? A stamp cost three cents a gallon of gas twenty

Do I use a semicolon or a comma? I do not want to add a conjunction or replace the missing "cost" after gas. Both are intentionally removed.
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Jack London's punctuation choice of periods instead of semi-colons

The sled was without runners. It was made of stout birch-bark, and its full surface rested on the snow. The front end of the sled was turned up, like a scroll, in order to force down and ...
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Confused: I have a tendency to begin sentences after semicolon by using verbs in the participle. What am I doing wrong?

From the marker of my essay: The author has a tendency to begin sentences after semicolon by using verbs in the participle. bold is the problem. I have made up some sentences which demonstrate this ...
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Listing quoted sentences: separate them with a semicolon, comma, period (or none)?

I am completing a manuscript for my recent book. I would love to know whether I need to put a comma, semicolon, or other form of punctuation (or none) in-between these quoted sentences. The examples ...
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“Rights are X— X is Y — X is Z—Z is V". Instead of Rights are X; X is Y; X is Z;Z is V

I understand the em dash to be more dramatic and intense than a semi-colon. I'm checking on whether the decision to use the em dash here is also purely stylistic. “Rights” are a moral concept—the ...
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Semicolon usage: is this usage appropriate?

Is this usage of a semicolon grammatical? I understand that it's used to separate two clauses in a sentence, but am uncertain on the validity of its usage in this scenario Sound can be represented ...
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Semicolons — How many is too many? [closed]

In some legal documents, sentences can be the lengths of paragraphs due to semicolons. What are the grammatical rules for the use, or maximum number, of semicolons for non-legal writing? Here is a ...
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Is this correct usage of semi-colon?

Is the following correct: Dispositions make implicit reference to environmental triggers; habits do not. I suspect that it is, but the latter clause is not a complete sentence, hence my doubts. ...
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Do I use a comma or a semicolon after a comma-separated list? [closed]

In the following sentence, should the last comma be changed to a semicolon because of the comma-separated list? Whether your favorite toping is cheese, pepperoni, or sausage, this pizza party is for ...
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punctuation if dash introduces question-sentences

He worried--why X; what will happen if Y? It seems that this construction expresses the idea best, but it creates a few punctuation questions. Should the first semicolon be question-mark? Is there ...
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Correct colon and semi-colon usage?

I thought of this while walking and wanted to write it down. I would like to know if I am using punctuation correctly in this sentence-- particularly the use of the colon and semi-colon. And please ...
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how should “…; or …” be understood?

I'm trying to make sense of a phrase like the following The foregoing limitations shall not apply to ... [A] ...; or, subject to the provisions of ... [B] ... , to ... [C] ... . (The actual text ...
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What’s the correction punctuation in “dwelled on why that happened; would it happen again?”

The title is a variation of the following example. Should there be a question-mark before semicolon? the part after semicolon is also part of the dwelling. should the punctuation be different? He ...
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What is the correct punctuation to use in the following complex sentence?

Understanding this sentence does, of course, rely heavily on the contextual information provided by my essay. However, I am unsure if I have punctuated this sentence correctly or at all in the right ...
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The right time to use semi-colon

Below is an example of how I normally use semi-colon in sentences and I truly do not know if it's correct. Open the gate; let the dogs out, then close the gate.
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Should a semicolon precede an adverb that does not separate two independent clauses?

The sentence I wrote is as follows: The idea behind this technique was that the human eye could not differentiate between the individual colors of each point, thereby causing the eye to blend the ...
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Semicolon and colon

I like cooking simple, nutritious food; and, eating out: sushi and miso soup. Is the comma after simple correct there and also correct removed? Is there a more common way, stylistically? ...
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Semi-colon or colon?

I'm writing a descriptive piece, and can't figure out whether this is grammatically correct, or whether I ought to place a semi-colon between "entry" and "crooked": "As I walked in using the cobbled ...
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Colon or semicolon?

We need help with colons and semicolons - and we need the definitive answer here, with examples. Here is my example: There is hardly any reason to be happy in the DPRK: the people are the most ...
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does a semicolon or comma belong before “is this correct?”

You went to the store and bought chips, is that correct? You went to the store and bought chips; is that correct? You bought a bag of chips, correct? You bought a bag of chips; correct? Thanks for ...
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Should there be a colon before a title?

Which of the following sentences has been punctuated correctly: This recommendation is based on a European guideline: Managing Neuropathic Pain. This recommendation is based on a European ...
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Where, if anywhere, should the colon/semi-colons go in this sentence? [closed]

Details about the costs (if any) of starting up the service and maintaining it, spreading awareness and gaining a user base, timelines, or counsel on any other challenges you faced and think might ...
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Use of semi colon in a list with only one “complex item”

I have a list that goes something like this: I am involved in all aspects of these projects: attending client meetings, material selection, compiling information, and most importantly, redesigning ...
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Semicolon or period in the following? [duplicate]

Here are two instances in a formal paper I submitted where my professor told me my semicolon usage is incorrect. He says that, in both instances, a period should be used. Is he right? I maintain ...
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Semicolons before buts, ands, and sos, and other strange places? [duplicate]

Is this right? I thought that aside from something like this: He had some dogs; he ran to the beach; he drowned. that you are only supposed to put commas before ands, sos, and buts, etc. But I ...
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How to use the semicolon in sentences

I am a mathematics student and not a native English speaker. There is something that has always been unclear to me. I am writing an essay right now and I want to construct the following sentence: ...
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Am I using a semi colon properly here?

Here is the phrase: "Your choir’s vocal harmony is top notch; now, the time has come for some visual harmony. "  
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Is there a rule about placing semicolons versus periods? [duplicate]

Example: I ate a sandwich. It tasted bad! I ate a sandwich; it tasted bad! Wrong? Right either way?
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Is the use of semicolon applicable anywhere in this sentence?

Here's the sentence - On further statistical analysis, these benefits were found to be both short term (0-30 days) and long term (31-360 days) and in both STEMI and UA/NSTEMI patients, ...
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Is the usage of this semicolon correct? Should I replace it with a colon or dash?

I am getting ready to have my first tattoo and, as a fairly strict grammarian, I want to make sure that I get it right. I plan for the tattoo to look like the following, but I'm not totally sure about ...
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Should I use a colon or semicolon?

Which of the following punctuations is more appropriate? Strict liability serves to uphold the rights of individuals: in this case, the rights of the neighbor to the security of his property. or ...
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Use of semi-colons vs commas when listing items with colons

I have a list of classes (titles) which have colons as a part of the titles, in this list should I use commas or semi-colons to separate them? (there are no items which have commas internally to them) ...
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“Damage to the undercarriage; damage caused by water”

Does this phrase mean that damages to the undercarriage caused by water is not covered, OR does it mean damage to the undercarriage is not covered regardless of the cause, and that damage to the ...
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Comma splice proceeded by conjunctive adverb

I'm wondering what the rule is as to where any commas or semicolons would go. (a) and (b) are showing the two sentences that are to be combined, and (a)+(b)[1,2] show the sentences in question. (a): ...
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Can I use a semicolon when linking a sentence fragment and a question?

Are there guidelines for using semi-colons in any of these kinds of circumstances (where a sentence fragment links with a question)? Please note that the words cannot be changed and dashes are ...
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Why is a semicolon used here instead of a full stop? [closed]

I came across this sentence in the book I'm reading (Enchanter's End Game by David Eddings) and I was wondering why the semicolon is used instead of a full stop. Unlike the western Grolims ...
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Am I using the semicolon correctly in this example? [closed]

When school is over and got nothing to do; wouldn't it be better if you could do something with your friends or family?
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should I use a colon or semicolon here?

My sentence (roughly—it's in a scientific document and i have simplified somewhat): It is more relevant to calculate A relative to B: although C filters the observation, B describes the true ...
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Using semicolons to create run-on sentences … what's the deal with semis?

I often see people making sentences quite longer than I'm comfortable with, such as like this: The dog ran, the dog fell, the dog dwelled; the dog didn't wish to be a part of such a place in his ...
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Punctuation use for separating lists between “between” for clarity

What is the best way to punctuate the following two sentences so the reader is not confused? 1) For transfers between station A and shelf B AND processing device and automated stocker, use chain Q. ...
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Comma or semicolon in this particular case!

The nationalities shall mingle, the nights shall sparkle. or The nationalities shall mingle; the nights shall sparkle. Two complete sentences, right? So, I guess they should be separated by a ...
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Punctuation in a series of verb phrases

A youngster literally pulls himself up by his bootstraps; finds a hero; establishes a dream; and then goes for it. Is a semicolon the correct punctuation here?
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Which is correct — period, semicolon, or colon? [duplicate]

Each day, difficult choices have to be made. Who will live, and who will die? Each day, difficult choices have to be made; Who will live, and who will die? Each day, difficult choices have ...
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List semi-colons?

Eleanor Roosevelt played an active political role. She wrote newspaper columns, made speeches and radio broadcasts, traveled widely, and listened to the concerns of women, minorities, and ...
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What's the right punctuation for the following list?

Many cases of animal suicide were discused. A duck drowned itself after the death of its companion. A school of dolphins stranded on a beach with no reason whatsoever. A deer threw itself from ...
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Semicolon used within dashes: Making sense of “England in 1819”

I'm trying to analyse Shelley's "England in 1819", but I'm having trouble with a certain passage which features a semicolon within two dashes. I find this quite confusing, and,therefore, I'm not sure ...
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presenting a list followed by a verb, should the semi-colon be used?

Consider the sentence We consider how different strategies; (1) running, (2) hiding and (3) fighting affect the mating success of bears. Is that sentence grammatically correct with the ...