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Consider the following closely-related sentences:

Those tribes have been farmers for centuries. They do not desire to do anything else.

would this way of writing the sentences be correct as well:

Those tribes have been farmers for centuries; they do not desire to do anything else.

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    That looks ok. Why not? (Not sarcastic; I’m asking for information.) – Lawrence Jul 24 '18 at 8:59
  • You could place a period (full stop), what's not to use a semi-colon? – Kris Jul 24 '18 at 9:01
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    @Kris In your comment you have used an idiom with which I am not familiar. What does "...what's not to use a semi-colon?" mean? – WS2 Jul 24 '18 at 14:19
  • @WS2 There's no "idiom," per se. – Kris Jul 25 '18 at 5:34
  • @Kris So what does it mean? – WS2 Jul 25 '18 at 20:43
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Yes, a semi-colon would be correct in the example sentence!

  • -1 Perhaps, but says who? If you have the privilege to post comments, please use "comments" to give your opinion. – Kris Jul 25 '18 at 5:35
  • Great question! Semicolons can be used to join 2 related, but independent clauses. That's the reasoning behind my answer :) Thanks for making sure I explain. @Kris – jmrpink Jul 25 '18 at 13:18
  • Please read the FAQ. – Kris Jul 26 '18 at 6:35

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