Use of the semicolon, the ";" symbol.

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Choosing between a colon and semicolon when both are appropriate

Let's say you want to write one of the following: I am very happy; I just won $100. I am very happy: I just won $100. It is my understanding that both of the above sentences are grammatically ...
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Does a period, semicolon, comma, or nothing go there?

Recently, I was being tongue in cheek when I wrote the following words: I'm quite dead, I assure you. Someone felt inclined to correct my grammar and say that it was a comma splice. They ...
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The controversial use of semicolon ;

Argument - 1: (denying the use with conjunctions) If two or more clauses, grammatically complete and not joined by a conjunction, are to form a single compound sentence, the proper mark ...
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Comma or semi-colon ?When to use

I don't know whether a semicolon or a comma should be used. For example: Now that GoT is done for the season what will James complain about besides Disney movies?Find out on a new episode of Off Time ...
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Using semicolons to connect independent and dependent clauses

I ran across this problem about the proper usage of punctuation marks: "Choose the sentence that uses correct punctuation marks. a. Jane missed several assignments; although she knew her grade would ...
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How to use semicolons in a series.

I am aware that while semicolons are most commonly used to connect to independent clauses in a single sentence, they also can be used instead of a comma in a series where using more commas would be ...
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Punctuating lists with multiple sentences per item

When each item of a list is composed of several long sentences, can you just separate them with a point? I have the feeling sometimes the next connector (“second”, “then”, “next”) gets lost and the ...
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Why is semicolon instead of colon used in the given sentence? [closed]

He nearly answered ; "You can go to blazes for all I care."
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Using commas to connect independent clauses

I know that it is correct to connect independent clauses using a comma and a coordinating conjunction (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so) as in "He rides a bike, and she drives a car." But is it ...
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Semicolon use before conjunction

"This is not a film about people with disabilities, but about the deep paths of human communication." Could I change this to - "This is not a film about people with disabilities; but the deep paths ...
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I think otherwise, but I am told the semicolon is used correctly. Help

Like all text mediums where written words may have different structures, tones, and noteworthiness; dictionaries provide you with meaning intended for indicating those distinctions. I will ...
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Capitalization after colons in a list

I have read about the rules for capitalization of colons and the varying rules depending on region and culture. So I decided to use the supposedly British grammar and only capitalize nouns or acronyms ...
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Usage of “;” . Can it connect verb phrases without conjunctions?

I know ";" can connect related sentences without any conjunctions. Now I wonder if ";" can also connect verb phrases as follow: The device calculates ....; selects ....; programs....; and changes... ...
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Semicolon or dash?

Help! I've read everything there is on Google re: semicolon and dash use and, whilst I understand all this, I still struggle deciding when to use a semicolon over a dash to join two independent ...
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Joining a semicolon-delimited complex list to a multiple-clause sentence

Although I am in general aware of the conventions for using a semicolon as a "super-comma" to join complex list items which themselves contain commas, I have not been able to find guidelines for one ...
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Semicolon vs dash

I'm writing a book, and one of the sentences is as follows: "They are the same today, even though it’s been nearly three weeks since I left this place-three weeks since I left the place I called home....
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Semicolon in a series of items

I wrote a sentence as follows and my editor replaced the commas with semicolons. Generally, if a list has internal punctuation the semicolon is preferred to break up the elements, but what if the ...
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The use of semicolons [duplicate]

I'm not very confident or familiar with the use of semicolons. Hopefully someone here could help me out. I'm wondering is this sentence uses the semicolon properly: Leadership communication skills,...
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However and semicolon [duplicate]

I know that a semicolon should be used before a transitional phrase and a comma after, but what about in a sentence like this: "This study has; however, demonstrated comparable rate, further ...
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Comma or semi colon before “always” [closed]

Should I use a comma or a semicolon before always? For example, I consider my family to be a happy and caring one; always finding the time to share special moments together. or I consider ...
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Rule of punctuation when a principal sentence is followed by two or more subordinate sentences

I put below a text I found in a written reply I came across: "...in the Audit Report, it is stated that we did not rebut the Draft Audit Report (DAR). The actual fact is otherwise: we had prepared ...
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Comma or semicolon after an independent clause ending in 'though'

In this sentence: The exterior of the building wasn't what made it special, though, it was the people inside. should the second comma be a semicolon, or is it correct just the way it is?
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The use of a semicolon [duplicate]

I was wondering if we can use a semicolon to connect two examples. Let's consider the following sentence: For instance, an ensemble made of SVMs classifiers can require large memory storage ; a ...
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Use of semicolon to separate items within a list that appears within a parenthetical element

Example problem "For low-complexity ML detection, breadth-first approaches, such as ... , have been chosen as a reasonable alternative..." There are three examples of breadth-first approaches, which ...
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Does omitting the coordinating conjunction in a parallelism merit a semicolon? (not only, but also)

Which is correct? "Silicon Valley not only cornered the social media market; it created it." or "Silicon Valley not only cornered the social media market, it created it." I understand ...
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Is this sentence punctuated correctly? (Comma and semicolon) [duplicate]

"Eventually John noticed that it was midnight; we said Happy New Year, then went back to work." I know the semicolon could also be a period. But is the comma necessary?
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List with a complex item only at the end: semicolons or commas?

So, semicolons should be used to separate items in complex lists. But what if only one item contains a comma and that item is placed at the end of the list? For example: The body incorporated ...
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Is the semicolon used properly? [closed]

Is this the correct way to use a semicolon? I sent my samples to UC Berkley; I was not given the opportunity to actually collect data.
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Semicolon or comma: “because _(, or ;) then _, _, _”

Is it correct to have my first comma after dairy? Also, what would you break this sentence up into "grammatically?" That is, what do I call my "because" statement and the following listing? ...
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When is it correct to use a semicolon before a list or quotation (if at all)?

Although I don't do it myself, I've noticed many people use a semicolon to introduce a quotation, for instance: John said of the event; "it's great to see everyone..." And the other circumstance:...
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When listing things like goals, do you use semicolon or colon?

For this project, I have two goals: make it more efficient, and give it more exposure. There are two goals I want to accomplish; I want to make it more efficient and give it more exposure. ...
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Colon vs. Semicolon? “Lydia's father is a master chef;/: he oversees the kitchen at a five-star restaurant.” [closed]

From Grammar Workshop: "Lydia's father is a master chef he oversees the kitchen at a five-star restaurant." Can someone explain whether to use a semicolon or a colon?
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Semicolon usage: I've got the truck; now I need some muscle [closed]

In the sentence: I’ve got the truck; now I need some muscle. Is the semicolon the correct punctuation to put just after truck, just before now?
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Is it “me sitting at a table” or “I sitting at a table”?

The sentence is I can recall vivid images of my first atlas; I sitting at a table, finding all countries and their capitals on the atlas, and jotting them down on a paper. This is the first line ...
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How do you punctuate items in a series after a colon when the items are independent clauses?

A sometimes online sparring partner of mine recently wrote: Men (as opposed to women) have had a purpose that should serve us well should this new transhuman world ever actually materialize: We ...
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Should a semicolon be used with a conjunction and a dependent clause?

I've seen semicolons used to separate independent clauses, but is it correct to use them with an independent clause, a conjunction, and a dependent clause? <independent clause 1>; but <...
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Correct use of semi-colon

Is the following use of a semi-colon correct? I found examples of variability in temperature and in pressure; some strongly correlated. I think that the words after the semi-colon have to be a ...
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Punctuation of a very complicated list

I have the following complicated list: Authenticated key exchange protocols are ubiquitous across the internet. Notable examples include Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), also known as Transport Layer ...
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Commas when listing family members?

Help, I can't find the answer anywhere! Tom has three brothers and one sister. When listing them, how do you punctuate? My instinct is to do it this way: Tom has three brothers, John, Edward, and ...
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Why is a 'semi-colon' half a colon? [duplicate]

The word "semi-colon" is used for the symbol ";"; but this is not half of a colon ":": half of a colon would be a full stop ".". So why the usage of the term semi-colon, or half-colon, for a symbol ...
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Punctuation! Semi-colon use in a list? [duplicate]

Can anyone help with this sentence? Is my punctuation here correct? If you sell bicycles, sell as many accessories as you can; water bottles; pumps; and biking gear, such as shoes, gloves, caps and ...
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What should be used for additional information? Comma or Semi-colon?

Which of the following is correct? My family is part of the Miami tribe; a Native American people with strong ties to territory in present-day Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. OR My family is ...
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Is this the correct way to use semicolon and commas? [closed]

Her appearance looked effortless; a shift dress with a classic sweater, dainty jewelry, and mid-heel pumps.
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Colon or semicolon before a follow-up question?

I've seen countless people do this, but I am unsure if it's correct usage or not. This show is talked about, but that brings up the important question; will it be great? Should I use the example ...
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Am I using the semi-colon in this paragraph correctly?

I'm writing a short intro for my portfolio. Am I using the semi-colon in the right place, and does it make sense? Hey, I'm Andy. A 25 year old designer and developer; creator of eye catching ...
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Use of semicolon between dependent clause and compound subject

Is is appropriate to use a semicolon in order to avoid comma ambiguity in sentences like the following? When they returned from the zoo; Charles, James, and Jane looked for new locations to visit.
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Comma usage and maintain succinctness

I have started my book with the words "The day I was born, Granny died." On reading all the comma rules this doesn't seem quite right. Should the comma be replaced by a semicolon? I wanted the first ...
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Correct usage of semicolon?

I think I understand the use of semicolons reasonably well, but could someone tell me if I am using it correctly here please: My research focuses on pulsars; exotic remnants of dead stars. Thank ...
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Using 'such as' or a list mid list in academic writing

How do I add additional information to an item within a list without making it seem unclear? The cars in the lot were bright colours such as red, many models such as Ford and Toyota, and missing ...
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Is a semicolon the right punctuation in this sentence?

This is for a cover letter. Please help! "I speak Spanish; I have a working familiarity with French and I am currently teaching myself Arabic."