Use of the semicolon, the ";" symbol.

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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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Is this sentence incorrect?

Euler ascertained that 231 − 1 = 2147483647 is a prime number; and this is the greatest at present known to be such, and, consequently, the last of the above perfect numbers [i.e., 230(231 − ...
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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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Should an ending semicolon be underlined?

Should the semicolon at the end of an underlined heading also be underlined?
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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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Can a colon be used after a helping verb like “is”?

I'm writing an answer to a science question and I'm not sure if I need a semicolon in the sentence. The problem for the experiment is; How do homing pigeons find their way home?
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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 the above sentence grammatically correct with the ...
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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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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?
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comma or semicolon before “that is” and repeating 'that'

In the following two sentences We need to show that Phrase; that is, that Phrase A'. We need to show that Phrase A, that is, Phrase A'. Which one is correct or more natural? Phrase A and Phrase ...
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Should I use a colon or semicolon in a list that doesn't end with “and”?

Should I use colon or semicolon in the following? I liked the atmosphere: the rusty tables, the old wooden walls, the Western-style counter.
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I thought blah blah blah, and I was right. Is the comma correct?

This sentence is bugging me: I knew going in that the orange flavor component of the cake was going to be lacking, and I was right. The comma doesn't seem to be enough, but the semicolon just ...
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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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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 ...
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Pauses and Punctuation

My girlfriend and I were discussing the following sentence: "Curiosity and diversity were discouraged, at times, disciplined." I feel that there is clearly a larger pause with the first comma than ...
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Should I use a semicolon or comma in these statements for greater impact?

I am struggling with the use of semicolons, commas, and periods in my writing of a specific passage of my personal statement. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. “What is the worst thing ...
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Use of semicolon in the downvoting reason of SE [closed]

A while ago I saw a question on SE that didn't show any research effort. I decided to vote it down. However, other users pointed out that the down vote reason says (when you hover over the down ...
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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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Should the clauses in these two senses be joined?

In reading the contents of a card, I have come across the following doubt regarding joining the two clauses with a semi colon or keeping them as two separate sentences. The phrase is the following: ...
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Correct usage of commas and semicolons [closed]

I am writing an essay to attempt help my friends be themselves and stop worrying about what everyone thinks of them. I am trying to make sure I use punctuation correctly. And I was wondering if I'm ...
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Using multiple semicolons? [closed]

First of all, apologies if this has already been asked. I've done some searching however have not been able to find a like topic. My question is pretty straight forward. How, if possible can I use ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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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Constructing long and detailed sentences, and the correct use of punctuation

I've had a browse of some of the questions here on commas and can't see if this has been asked. I have been fastidious about my punctuation and grammar, but find the advent of online social networking ...
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Punctuation of a list within a list

I'm trying to form a list like the following: I'm interested in new technologies such as web development using various javascript packages including: node.js;meteor.js;backbone.js, contributing to ...
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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 ...
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Joining two sentences with semicolon

here is my sentence This makes the best use of balding resistant hair, most of us have at the sides and back of our head. The sentence after the comma does not make sense ALONE. However, ...
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What is the correct punctuation for this sentence? [duplicate]

Yet I cannot remain in these moments for very long without being reminded of nature's harsh and unforgiving side; I think about fording a raging glacial river in Denali National Park in Alaska and ...
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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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Semicolon in “These reasons show why England even went to America in the first place [?] god, gold, and glory” [closed]

Should there be a semicolon between place and god in this sentence, in place of the [?]? These reasons show why England even went to America in the first place [?] god, gold, and glory.
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Semicolon followed by an em-dash

I recently read "The Cask of Amontillado" for pleasure, and I found this passage: He had a weak point –this Fortunato –although in other regards he was a man to be respected and even feared. He ...
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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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Do I use a semicolon before 'and' in a complex list?

I am listing things in a sentence which includes commas between the internal parts. Do I finish with an 'and' at the end of it? For example: I arrange interviews through phone and film; ...
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Can someone please fix the grammar and punctuation in this sentence? [closed]

Is this grammatically correct? After multiple scientific experimentations, I can safely conclude my hypothesis: ice cream DOES taste better after 1am.
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Punctuation of this: Their movements, quick and effortless; mine, lumbering and heavy

I'm not sure how to punctuate this: Their movements, quick and effortless; mine, lumbering and heavy. Maybe I got it right. Any thoughts?
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Semicolon: Always required before conjunction if internal punctuation follows, even if no ambiguity?

Is the semicolon in the following sentence necessary? Is it preferable? To me, it seems that there would be no ambiguity if the semicolon were replaced with a comma, but the writer insists that a ...
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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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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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Why are semicolons so difficult? [closed]

I've had a look around for an answer to this question and just have not been able to find anything. Am I using a semicolon correctly in the following passage? However, negative results for the ...
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Use semicolon or period when telling a result of an action?

If you look at these sentences, the second one is result of the first: Alex shouts and feels pain in his leg, and he rubs the place with hand and looks at the leg. His leg swelled little bit. So ...
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Why ; is called semicolon and what is its history? [closed]

Semi- is a Latin prefix meaning "half" and colon is another punctuation. Should I therefore say that semicolon is a halved colon?
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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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Should I use commas or semi-colons in this multi-item list within a sentence?

In the following sentence, I am listing multiple areas of study. Should they be separated by commas or semi-colons? "In my exposure to this field so far, I have come to appreciate just how ...
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Semicolon as a super-comma preceding “etc.”

I was wondering which punctuation to use preceeding etc. in an enumeration with semicolons as supercommas (as formulated here: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/semicolon). People with dichromatic ...
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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 ...
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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 ...