Use of the semicolon, the ";" symbol.

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Does this semicolon work here?

Can a semicolon be used here? "Hello Justin; this is Rebecca." Or is it just a comma that should be placed there? Or do of them both work in a sentence?
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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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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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“You are right; I'm sorry” — semicolon or comma?

You are right; I'm sorry. You are right, I'm sorry. Do we use the semicolon or comma? A full stop works. Two independent clauses so perhaps the semicolon should be used.
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Strict semicolon syntactic semi-lateral symmetry

Is this ok? I’m in need of a punching bag; anyone want to volunteer? Do both sides of the semicolon have to be the same syntax — that is, both questions or both statements? And considering the ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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; ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Am I using the semicolon correctly? [duplicate]

Is this sentence correct? I've never been to Toronto before; do you get the opportunity to visit Montreal often?
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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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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. ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Should I use a semicolon or a colon to introduce a question at the end of a sentence? [duplicate]

Which of the following is punctuated correctly? My question for you is: how do I do that? My question for you is; how do I do that? Or should it be something different altogether?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Would a semicolon be more appropriate here?

For the two sentences below, would a semicolon work better to separate these two sentences? Circle graphs, often called pie charts, are used to represent data with a relatively small number of ...
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Semicolon use in statement-questions? [duplicate]

I have often written sentences in the following form which combines a statement with a question, separated by a semicolon. For example, I understand you have received payment for my order; will ...
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Restrictive relative clause or non-restrictive relative clause?

I am wondering whether to use a restrictive relative clause such as: "Multicopters belong to a family of aircraft called rotorcraft , which also includes helicopters, and although they appear to be ...