Use of the semicolon, the ";" symbol.

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Would a semicolon be acceptable here?

I am writing an e-mail to someone and I was wondering whether a semicolon would be appropriate here: 'I have prepared some questions; would you be willing to answer them?' I have learnt that ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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."
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Semicolon or comma? [duplicate]

We are planning on having a staff meeting tomorrow**;** Friday, June 5th 11am-12 noon in our conference room. Semi colon, or comma?
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Comma or semi colon?

In the following sentence, should I use a comma or a semi-colon after same? The live and staging set-ups are the same, combining PHP, MySQL and Apache to power the websites. or The live ...
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Commas or Semicolons [closed]

Consider this (partial) sentence: Literary devices such as the alliteration in “that they” and “with ‘Why’”, the simile in “the pipes like great serpents”, the assonance in “not known before”, and ...
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Can you use a semicolon to separate a question?

e.g., "I'm ordering five guys; do you want some?
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Is it appropriate to use “even” in this sentence?

I came across the following sentence in an article: All is fair in love and war, even trying to add a static type system in a dynamically typed programming language. Is the use of "even" ...
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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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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 ...