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Use of the semicolon, the ";" symbol.

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Should you use a comma after a number that falls at the end of a clause, even if the number has commas in it (ex: 1,000,000)?

For example, in the sentence The cost is anticipated to be $1,000,000, inclusive of pre-construction costs. is it appropriate to use a comma after $1,000,000 or should a semicolon be used?
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“There are only two alternatives, one is expensive, the other time-consuming” ㅡ normal sentence?

"There are only two alternatives, one is expensive, the other time-consuming." I'm confused about the usage of commas and semicolons above. Is it a normal sentence? There's no 'and'. And please ...
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Should you use a semi-colon to punctuate a list that contains only two items?

Pupils must know what adjectives, nouns and synonyms are, and be able to infer meanings of adjectives based on context clues. OR Pupils must know what adjectives, nouns and synonyms are; and be able ...
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Punctuation before an addendum

Over the cemetery a cloud always hangs, a thick grey one. Over the cemetery a cloud always hangs; a thick grey one. Over the cemetery a cloud always hangs—a thick grey one. Which of these is ...
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Is a comma appropriate in “Sounds good, thanks.”

If I am writing "Sounds good, thanks.", is a comma appropriate between "Sounds good" and "thanks"? It seems awkward/too much to instead do "Sounds good; thanks." or "Sounds good. Thanks." Would the ...
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Is a semi-colon correct here or should it be a period?

Here's what I wrote. It feels wrong to start a sentence with "I tried that" as the reader wouldn't know what I'm talking about unless they read the previous lines, which is why I thought I'd use a ...
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Semi-colon or comma before then?

Should a semi-colon or a comma go before the 'then'? John ate an apple,/; then he ate an orange. From what I remember, 'then' should follow a semi-colon when between two independent clauses; ...
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Need help with colons and semicolons for obituary?

My grandma died this morning, and my dad just sent me a draft for her obituary to ask for help on a grammar issue. He wants to say (names changed) "She was preceded in death by her parents, her ...
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Usage of semicolon before because

I was always taught that when I have two independent clauses with the usage of because separating them, I should add a semicolon before because. Is this correct? Example sentences: He dragged me ...
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Can a semicolon be placed between two sentences if the second sentence begins with a pronoun that refers back to the previous sentence?

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:...
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Dependent clause w/list *comma or semicolon* followed by independent clause

Should we use a semicolon or comma when an adverbial dependent clause containing a list is followed by an independent clause? While not everyone is a Newton, Einstein, or Hawking, every one of them ...
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How to use semicolons (when listing people’s names and actions)?

I’ve been reading this paragraph: I unlock the bathroom door and pull the handle down, I open it slightly, only to see the face of every family member residing in this house, crowding outside my ...
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Should we use an em dash, en dash, or semi-colon

A sentence is causing some discussion in the office - it's about a Nylon product. We are not sure if we should use an en-dash, em-dash, semi-colon, or something else entirely. I thought an em-dash was ...
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Semicolon or comma in a long sentence with series?

I have been taught different things regarding when to use a semicolon or a comma to separate the items in a series in a long sentence. Take the sentence below: If you do not like what I have to say,...
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Use of Semicolon in this Sentence [duplicate]

In the following sentence can the first comma be replaced with a semicolon for smoother reading? "An hour drifted by, and the lady, whose name was Arcey Pierre, called it a day."
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help: punctuating a long list containing abbreviations [closed]

any suggestions for the following list: "such as: joiner, Hollaender swivel T, Hollaender horizontal flat plate, jr. end piece, Hollaender split cross, flange base, [Matthews] Big Ben, speedrail ear, ...
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Semicolon and quotes usage

Which of the following sentences are most appropriate? Hence, the teachers/educators need to look upon these points and further explore the child’s ‘behavior’; what the Psychologist call as the “...
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How to punctuate character descriptions within a single clause

I want to say "Inside the bedroom John and Mary sit and talk" but include descriptions of each. e.g. "Inside the bedroom, John; a thirty year old boxer and Mary; a balding starlet, sit and talk". ...
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Proper use of a Semicolon in a sentence and its meaning [duplicate]

I have a question regarding the proper use of a semicolon in a sentence. My understanding of its use is that when used in a sentence it is referencing back to the first word used in this case a ...
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'Evergreen trees are a symbol of fertility; they do not die in the winter' What sentence structure is this? [closed]

'Evergreen trees are a symbol of fertility; they do not die in the winter' What sentence structure is this?
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What is the difference between “;” and “:” I don't really understand this difference? [closed]

I never really understood the difference between these so if someone could elaborate that would be excellent.
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Use of semicolon - in this sentence - as a way to add additional information

I am trying to list the things that one should keep in mind when traveling with kids, but I also want to convey that child should not be allowed to travel with a teen alone. Am I using the semicolon ...
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Semi-colon usage

Has this semi-colon been used correctly? If not, how should this sentence read? Thank you. This brew is a result of passion, hard work, and commitment; connecting family, friendships and good times.
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Punctuation confusion, commas, semicolons, and em dashes

I'm having a hard time trying to punctuate the following sentence. I have it using just commas right now, but I do not think that is right. On Earth they see the Sun every day, it’s always there, ...
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Semi-colon, colon or comma? [closed]

I was wondering whether I should use a semi-colon, colon or comma after 'displacement' in the following sentence? To exemplify this, we create two bin smooths for mpg against displacement: one ...
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When to use semicolon [duplicate]

I have gone through lots of posts on the internet, but couldn't find any convincing answer for the correct usage of the semicolon in sentences. Also, I'd like to know why we can't use a full stop ...
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Using a semicolon to separate two different scenarios

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 ...
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Is the following an example of a comma splice? Would a semi-colon work better?

Being inclusive is not only good for our people, it is also good for our profitability. Thanks
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Is the solution of the Maine Legislature to the Oxford Comma Case…clunky?

The Oxford Comma Case (Oakhurst Dairy in Portland, ME vs its drivers) has been settled for five million dollars. According to The New York Times The relatively small-scale dispute gained ...
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Semicolon for list of examples between two types of thing

I just read that you should use a semicolon for a list where the list items contain commas. However, my sentence doesn't have a list as the main "list" only two items. Or do two items already count as ...
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Specific punctuation, AmE vs BrE [duplicate]

I'm aware of most differences in punctuation usage between American English and British English. However, I came across something conflicting or erroneous when I was reading Oxford English Grammar, ...
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Semicolon or comma in example sentence

On a resume, which one is correct: Worked closely with internal and external stakeholders; for instance, Australian government Or Worked closely with internal and external stakeholders, for ...
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Can a semi-colon be followed by and adverb and then a conjunction?

In the following sentence, is the usage of the semi-colon correct? Developing techniques to describe this particular system is intractably difficult; mainly because there is no reference system ...
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Should a semicolon be used in this sentence? [closed]

Is the following sentence correct? Ellie disagreed, saying, “Foot fungus is much more fun than learning words.” Specifically, should there be a semicolon somewhere before the quote?
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Is the use of semi-colon correct here?

Consider the following sentence: "Walker was not only the trailblazer in the medical field; she was also a visionary who bravely challenged many of the social prejudices of her day. " My question ...
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Semi-colon list where the semi-colons serve different functions

Is something like this acceptable? "I am responsible for Fido, his food and walking; Mittens, her petting and grooming; and I'm in charge of a two-year-old toddler." The first two items are ...
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How to correctly use colon? [closed]

I have the following sentence: The company will be oriented towards the development of three types of products: video games, video animations and digital marketing for which it will make use of ...
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Can a conjunctive adverb stay anywhere in the second part of the sentence away from the semicolon?

I would like to know if it is grammatically legal to use the conjunctive adverb with the way I have it in sentence 1 below? I am pudgy; I like to run, however. I am pudgy; however, I like to run. ...
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Is this sentence punctuated correctly? [closed]

Is this correctly punctuated? He went to the bar to drown his sorrows; he is there now, probably drinking vodka.
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Can you put a quote next to a semi colon? [closed]

A sentence begins with 'he said' (person A) and then a description of whatever he said by another person (person B). Then after the description ';' was added and a quote from the person who said the ...
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Comma or semicolon before “see [reference]”

Motivated by this question on [academia.se]: a copy-editor changed the semicolon in This can be proved via the method of Gauss; see [1]. to a comma. Is the version with a comma grammatically ...
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Specific Semicolon vs. Dash Case

and thanks for taking the time to read my question. I was writing an essay not too long ago, and I ended up writing a sentence that goes like this: As people convert to higher-paid jobs the birth ...
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How do you write a series of items with titles and subtitles

I believe in the Chicago Manual of Style it instructs to use a semi-colon to separate any punctuation with a series. What I need is the rule for MLA. Do I use a comma or a semi-colon and where can I ...
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What should I do when items in a list contain the separator character?

I know if list items contain commas, then you should use semi-colons to delimit the list, but what do you do if both commas and semi-colons are present? What do you do if those characters are present?...
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Parsing “each other, however, but”

My AP English Literature and Composition Teacher was reading aloud a piece on comedy and satire: Characters in the novels are not always morally and socially obliging to each other, however, but ...
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Can you use semicolons in place of question marks?

For example: "You've heard of warfare, right; it's when multiple countries fight for some cause." Is this correct? Or would you instead use something like: "You've heard of warfare, right? It's ...
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Punctuation: is this usage of a semicolon correct?

The sentence: First of all, i just want to state that these are really great; I wish i had known about them earlier. It would be great if you could also add some overall tips on the usage of ...
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Lovecraft and the Semicolon

From countless hours of poring over Lovecraft, his usage of semicolons has been found to be somewhat odd. At times, he'll place them where a comma would usually be seen; sort of like this. For example,...
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Is there an “Oxford semicolon”?

I must admit that I don't use semicolon lists very often. (In some instances, I probably should have.) I will also admit that I'm neither-here-nor-there with the use of an Oxford comma. Sometimes I ...
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“… , however; …” [instead of] “… ; however, …” [closed]

Should I place the semi-colon or the comma before or after the adverb ‘however’? It was all a facade, however; every Bloke and every Avaran knows that Martin would destroy them all whenever he ...