e.g., "I'm ordering five guys; do you want some?

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    Yes. It binds the contextual statement to the question part quite nicely, and variations on it are very common in writing. In speech it's not an issue, because a semicolon is just a full stop intonation. We can't tell the difference when talking, and still manage to understand, so it can't be important. – John Lawler May 4 '15 at 16:53
  • People often use semicolons when the sections they are separating have themselves commas in them. – skaaptjop May 4 '15 at 18:25

Of course. There's no grammar rule that requires/limits specific punctuation at the end of a sentence with a semicolon in it.

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