Use of the semicolon, the ";" symbol.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

1
vote
1answer
647 views

Comma or semicolon?

Which of the following is correct? This not only produces higher success rates, it increases our energy and morale instead of depleting them. This not only produces higher success rates; it ...
4
votes
3answers
34k views

Use of a semicolon before and comma after “however”

Several years ago, a previous boss told me to use a semicolon and comma with the word "however". I've always questioned this and would like to know if the following random sentences are using the ...
2
votes
3answers
103 views

Is this a proper use of a semicolon and the word “whom”?

PCAs are usually assigned to an individual with a physical, mental, behavioral, or emotional handicap; whom they work with throughout the year. Is this sentence grammatically correct? I know ...
1
vote
3answers
4k views

Can a semicolon be used to separate questions? [closed]

Did you see Survivor last night; it was crazy, right? Did you see Survivor last night? It was crazy, right? Can a semicolon separate questions? Which one is correct?
2
votes
1answer
141 views

How do you use ellipses in conjunction with semicolons in MLA quoting? [closed]

Here is a line of text from Willa Cather’s My Ántonia. There was only—spring itself; the throb of it, the light restlessness... I wish to end the quote at the semicolon. Eg: "There was ...
4
votes
7answers
3k views

Em dash vs semicolon: which is more appropriate in the following examples?

I am very confused by these, and even when I understand other people's usage of them I find it difficult to know when to employ them myself. For this reason, I am trying to make my own examples and ...
1
vote
3answers
3k views

Are semicolons mandatory in a non-bulleted list after a colon?

Are semicolons required (rather than commas) in a list after a colon when the list is not bulleted? I was told that it was a rule, but I can find no authoritative prescriptive source. Consider the ...
2
votes
1answer
274 views

Question about sentence structure and semicolons

Suppose the following sentence: When the sun comes in the morning; the sky is blue. Are "When the sun comes in the morning" and "the sky is blue" two clauses of the sentence? So, is it correct to ...
1
vote
1answer
130 views

Comma or Semicolon

I'm wondering if the comma placed after event is being used appropriately or if it should be replaced with a semicolon. This is part of a resume so I am trying to keep this information to one ...
2
votes
2answers
176 views

What is the rule of using semicolons in this sentence? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it proper usage to replace a comma in a list with a semi-colon in this situation (see details)? Transglobal historians are muscling up with their magnum opuses; ...
0
votes
2answers
552 views

Using a semicolon between elements in a list [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it proper usage to replace a comma in a list with a semi-colon in this situation (see details)? Is it ever appropriate to use semicolons to separate elements in a ...
-1
votes
3answers
668 views

Is a semicolon appropriate in this sentence? [closed]

Is 1 or 2 correct? Or neither? I'm not saying I'm Batman, but answer me this; have you ever seen me and Batman in the same room? I'm not saying I'm Batman, but answer me this. Have you ever ...
0
votes
2answers
159 views

How can this sentence be written correctly? [closed]

Our interactive products are fun to use on desktop, mobile and touchscreen devices, just look awesome and are driven by the latest technology. The commas don't seem right to me. Shouldn't there ...
-2
votes
2answers
138 views

What is the best way and what are the differences to introduce a “pause explanatory” phrase inside another one? [closed]

In this example: bla bla bla phrase such as even if something like this doesn’t exist bla bla bla. What can I use to inject my phrase in the middle of the sentence? ,phrase, (commas) ;phrase; ...
5
votes
3answers
343 views

Is this correct usage of a semi-colon?

I always have problems with the use of semi-colons. Is the following proper usage? They are connected but also standalone sentences. I speak and write English fluently; as you can see from my CV, ...
2
votes
1answer
528 views

Is a single-word sentence like “No” an independent clause? And semicolons [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Comma or semicolon after “No” when responding to a question It started because of this: "No; I found the behavior off-putting." I believe "no", as an ...
3
votes
5answers
7k views

Semicolons at the end of list items

In school, we were taught to end each list item with a semicolon. But I have never actually seen this. Can somebody please confirm this? Should we end each list item with anything at all? I've seen ...
6
votes
2answers
2k views

How does using a semicolon or a full stop change meaning?

Federal agencies and Wal-Mart are investigating the charges; C. J.’s Seafood did not respond to The Times’s request for comment. In this statement, what is the effect of semicolon in the meaning ...
1
vote
1answer
207 views

What is the correct punctuation to use in this case?

If I have a sentence like: The royal family is extremely rich: The sled that pulls the princess is shaped like a golden swan, the celebrations last 3 days, and the bride and groom walk under a ...
5
votes
2answers
884 views

“Don't worry, …”

"Don't worry, it won't hurt much." Is the comma the correct punctuation mark to use after "Don't worry"? This seems to be the norm, but I feel like there almost two sentences there and that ...
7
votes
5answers
2k views

How to punctuate lists that are nested to three levels?

A basic list is punctuated like this: The park has some bears, deers, and other animals. (bears) (deers) (other animals) When commas appear inside the items of a list, or when lists appear ...
0
votes
3answers
598 views

What punctuation to use for “X or equivalently Y” and where does it go?

Suppose I have a phrase that expresses two statements as being equivalent. The details aren't important (they happen to be mathematical statements, and for the purpose of illustration, let's use "A is ...
2
votes
1answer
401 views

Proper usage of the semicolon [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Any examples of where a full-stop can't replace a semi-colon? "I stepped outside to check the rain; it calmed down." or "I stepped outside to check the rain. It ...
0
votes
1answer
903 views

“—” vs. “;” vs. “,” vs. “()” — what's the difference? [closed]

All of these punctuation marks seem to have the same purpose. Is there any general guideline for picking one for each use case?
1
vote
3answers
5k views

Starting a sentence with 'About your question, …'

I have noticed myself often starting a sentence like this: About your drawing question, I don't think there is an easy way to draw these shapes. Is it formal to start a sentence that way (formal ...
3
votes
1answer
354 views

Semicolon use: a quick question

Is the following sentence correct, and is its use of the semicolon correct? Note that the use of the word 'concurrency' is meant to indicate a computer science term. A host of design issues are ...
3
votes
1answer
291 views

Any examples of where a full-stop can't replace a semi-colon?

By virtue of separating two closely related but separate thoughts, the semi-colon can generally be replaced by a full stop. I don't mean in the beauty and sound of it, but just grammatically. Can you ...
3
votes
0answers
47 views

Do I use semicolons to create a list where there are commas in the items? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it proper usage to replace a comma in a list with a semi-colon in this situation (see details)? When should one use the comma versus the semicolon, and vice versa? I ...
6
votes
5answers
3k views

Should an ending semicolon be underlined?

Should the semicolon at the end of an underlined heading also be underlined?
4
votes
3answers
402 views

Is this a proper usage for a semicolon?

I enjoy kayaking, hiking, tennis, volleyball, skiing; and I really want to learn how to snowboard this winter.
3
votes
2answers
249 views

Is this a correct use for semicolons?

Is this sentence punctuated correctly? Not only am I a wife, but a mother; not only a daughter, but a sister; not only a coworker, but a friend.
1
vote
3answers
495 views

What is the proper use of the semicolon in nested clauses?

I do a lot of technical writing where I feel that it is appropriate to clarify some technicality. I often produce nested clauses and sub-clauses but I am unsure about the proper use of the semicolon. ...
0
votes
1answer
177 views

Where to use “!”, “;”, “`” [closed]

Where should I use the following symbols while writing something in English language? ! — exclamation mark ; — semicolon ` — grave accent
11
votes
6answers
7k views

Am I misusing the semicolon?

Is the semicolon in the following sentence misused? How can I miss you; we've never met? I feel that the sentence, to be grammatically correct, must be split into its individual parts.
0
votes
2answers
353 views

How to join the conclusion to the sentence?

I am in the process of creating a post on one of the other Stackexchange sites, and I came across something I've been wanting to ask for a while: When I VPN to work from my Windows desktop, I ...
2
votes
1answer
125 views

Correctly using a semicolon? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does one correctly use a semicolon? I was wondering if the following was the correct usage of a semicolon or if a comma is more apt for this use. Well, have we ...
11
votes
3answers
345 views

Does this sentence make proper use of the semicolon and colon?

I have the following sentence: Relationships once so convoluted and beyond me were now clear: Pain became love; betrayal, loyalty; nonchalance, care. What I'm trying to accomplish is list ...
6
votes
5answers
22k views

Does the word after a question mark start with a capital letter?

Should I write it like this? Or perhaps like this? Should I write it like this? or perhaps like this? What about after an exclamation mark or semicolon?
3
votes
4answers
263 views

Using the semicolon in my sentence

I am writing an essay and don't have a fundamental understanding in using semicolons, and in fact writing as well. My sentence is below: Group dynamics is the study of the processes and functions ...
7
votes
4answers
499 views

When and why did the em-dash and the hyphen supplant the semicolon?

It seems to me that semicolons are rarely used today in ordinary English writing - even in newspapers and books. They appear to have been replaced, in many cases, by em-dashes and hyphens (the hyphen ...
6
votes
4answers
2k views

When should you use a semicolon *with* a conjunction?

I know the basics of a semicolon—at least I think I do. Aside from delimiting verbose lists, it separates independent clauses of a sentence. So, if you have two independent clauses in a sentence, ...
2
votes
2answers
497 views

Can “;” be used to replace the word “but”?

Are these two sentences both correct and equivalent? People say stuff like "all lawyers are liars", but it's not true. People say stuff like "all lawyers are liars"; it's not true. Is ...
2
votes
1answer
406 views

Should I use a comma or semicolon to separate these ideas?

I can no longer remember her face, too much time has passed. I can no longer remember her face; too much time has passed.
3
votes
3answers
342 views

Understanding independent clauses

My understanding is that semicolons are used to separate independent clauses of a sentence, and also to delimit a list wherein one or more members contain a comma. Regarding the first usage, my ...
2
votes
1answer
891 views

Can you use a semicolon after an interjection/exclamation?

The usual form for using interjections involves following them with a comma, period, or exclamation point. For example... "Well, I honestly have no idea." "Dude! Where's my car!" "Wow. I have ...
3
votes
2answers
2k views

What are the rules on when to use commas, colons, semicolons and dashes?

What are the rules on when to use commas, colons, semicolons and dashes?
3
votes
3answers
278 views

Should I reformat this sentence? [closed]

I kind of feel like the first comma in the sentence below should be a semi-colon. Does anything else in there read funny? As you’ll see in my enclosed resume, I have the educational background, ...
9
votes
1answer
1k views

Is it proper usage to replace a comma in a list with a semi-colon in this situation (see details)?

While writing a proposal at work today I needed to mention a list of things and within that list were multi-part items. It seems like replacing the comma with a semi-colon in this situation would make ...
6
votes
2answers
738 views

Should the second part of a semicolon-separated sentence be capitalised?

In another question this example of semicolon usage is given: When dinosaurs agree on something, they often high-five one another; dinosaurs are all about high-fives. However, I have also seen ...
5
votes
3answers
21k views

When should one use the comma versus the semicolon, and vice versa?

I cannot understand the difference between the comma and semicolon. Can you please clarify?