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Within my free-writing I have stumbled across a roadblock.

My Sentence: "The concepts within a story should not be retained as mere memories; Instead, as ideas."

My Question: Is the semicolon used in the statement grammatically correct?

  • No, only two independent clauses can be joined with a semicolon like that. – hat Feb 19 '18 at 16:28
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No, not at all. At best, your sentence might be "The concepts within a story should not be retained as mere memories, but (rather) as ideas." The semi-colon merely confuses an issue that was otherwise much more clear. Neither your “Sentence” nor your “Question” normally warrants a capital. What follows a colon warrants a capital only in a quote. What you might mean by “free-writing” or a “roadblock” I have no idea.

  • Who ever downvoted that please, can you explain what you meamt? – Robbie Goodwin May 20 '18 at 18:47

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