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Use of the semicolon, the ";" symbol.

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Is this statement grammatically correct? [Thank you so much for your time and efforts; I really appreciate it]

Is this statement grammatically correct regarding the usage of the semicolon, it makes sense, etc? I sometimes put this at the end of an email. Thank you so much for your time and efforts; I really ...
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I Corrected Someone's Use of Commas and Now I Don't Know if I Was Right

Someone had written the following sentence: Comedy, today, is dead; murdered by political correctness. I disagreed with their point, but rather than argue with them about that I decided to correct ...
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Why this clause is dependent?

While preparing for my SAT, I encountered the following sentence: "According to a survey analysis, veterans returning to the University of Illinois had 6 one “predominating request”: an efficient ...
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Semicolons with two-item list

I found a previous answer on here that said "Normally, a semicolon would be used in a construction with three or more list items, not just two." But I'm curious about this because a list of ...
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Is “;so,” an acceptable grammar structure?

For a while, I've been using "so" with a semicolon. For example, I would say, "I like bugs; so, I went to the bug convention happily." I've always thought of the semicolon as a ...
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em-dash or semicolon for this case? [closed]

I am trying to decide whether the semicolon or em-dash is the more appropriate punctuation mark in this case: It's not that I don't care -- it's just that I'm busy with other things. It's not that I ...
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Is a comma splice always a mistake? [duplicate]

Here is an excerpt from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: 'He threw away a copy of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat , he threw away a copy of Godspell: he wouldn't need them where ...
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Should I Use a Comma or a Semicolon at the End of a Series of Complex Introductory Phrases or Dependent Clauses?

In my writing, I begin several sentences with a series of two or three -- or more -- adverbial (or prepositional) phrases (or dependent clauses), some of which contain commas. Seeking clarity, in ...
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Punctuating lists containing negative elements

I came across some sentences similar to these: I would like my burger with no mustard, jalapeños, lettuce, and pickles. I would like my burger with mustard, no jalapeños, lettuce, and pickles. I can'...
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What does Meric Casaubon mean?

The below quote is from Book X, Verse 3 of Meric Casaubon's translation of Marcus Aurelius' Meditations : But remember, that whatsoever by the strength of opinion, grounded upon a certain ...
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Use of semi colon or colon?

So I want to make a sentence presenting a list first and asking a question about it at the end. But I am confused whether semi colon should be used or colon should be used. I am of the view that colon ...
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Is the comma correct? Or should it be two separate sentences or should I use a semicolon? [closed]

Is the comma correct in the following statement? Stay skeptical of news about foreign countries, especially news about countries with which we are not allied.
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Is it ok to write coworking in formal english? also it is correct the way I am using the semicolon?

Please read the following paragraph and tell me if needs some improvement, also if I am using correctly the semicolon: -Coworking with local authorities for finding the best response to attend ...
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What are the rules on semi-colons?

Cruise ships can stay in one port for a short time only; which can be a problem if one wants to stay longer. Can I use a semi-colon in this sentence of two halves?
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Is a semicolon or colon needed after “including”?

Previous research has identified four individual factors which appear to predict this including**;** need to feel loved, need to be loved and self-esteem. Thanks everyone!
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Shoot first, ask questions later - Semicolon or comma

In the idiom "shoot first, ask questions later", should the clauses be separated by a comma or semicolon? There are many derivations from that idiom to the point at which it has become a trope, but I'...
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Semicolon as Super-comma

I hear I can use a semicolon as a "super-comma", where I'm listing three or more elements that have commas within them. I'm wondering, then, if this is correct: Our objective function is the annual ...
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Using commas for lists containing independent clauses

To be clear, a is the acceleration of the object, F is the net force on the object, and m is the mass of the object. Can we use commas for connecting independent clauses as a list? Is the above ...
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Colon, semicolon, or em-dash?

First Question: In Elisa’s daily life, she is mainly a housewife--meaning that she cooks, cleans, does the dishes, and more. Second Question: The tinker starts talking about what it is like sleeping ...
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Use of semicolon

In the following section: His presence was always looked forward to on the Sundays when he filled the pulpit, and he was a ready pastor at the weddings and funerals of Milford; he “had the reputation ...
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Proper use of pauses: semicolons or commas

Am I using the proper phrasing in the following sentence? In times like these, the first thing we run out of is time; and since none of us can create more of it, the only solution we have is to ...
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Colon or Semicolon for ‘I’m Sorry’

I was wondering whether using a colon is incorrect if I used it as follows: I’m sorry: I only saw your message this morning. My logic for using the colon rather than the semicolon is that the ...
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Use of punctuation in complex list with two sets of appositives

How would you punctuate the sentence below? Is it okay the way it is? I've never seen a sentence that introduced more than one list with a colon. I considered just taking out the colons. I also ...
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Colon, Semicolon, or Em-dash

Which of the following three are correct? I would recommend reading the footnotes wherever indicated: they're quite informative. I would recommend reading the footnotes wherever indicated; they're ...
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Proper use of semicolon for crude emphasis

My sentence is: "Cars kill people; a lot of people." I'm keeping the language brutally simple for crude emphasis. Do you guys think this is a good way to use the semicolon?
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Use of Semicolon in Obituary? [duplicate]

Since the first two list items contain a comma, do I follow suit and use a semi-colon for the last two? "He leaves behind his wife of 61 years,_____; children ____, ____, and ____; 9 grandchildren; ...
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Would a semi colon be appropriate in this sentence?

We previously ordered Flood insurance coverage for you to cover our interest in the property above; however, this coverage has been canceled. Please review the enclosed Evidence of Cancellation ...
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I see many articles not using a/an/the when they should be, and usually it does pass my proofreader

It's manufactered at (a) high temperature. Having proteins at (a)high temperature with fats is not healthy. It makes since that we should use the article a, but somehow on doing google search, there ...
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Can you put a semicolon after an and in a list with bullets? Example in body

For example, in the following list, would the use of the semicolon be proper? " These are my favorite fruits: apples banans, kiwis, tomatoes, pineapple, watermelons, and; oranges. " ...
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Punctuating coordinating conjunctions

Is using a semicolon before a coordinating conjunction connecting two independent clauses wrong? Like in this example: Some people write with a word processor, tablet, or even a phone; but others,...
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If I connect two independent clauses with a semicolon, do the subjects of the two have to be the same?

ex: Their motivations varied and often intertwined; but, whether it was due to a desire for glory, wealth and power, knowledge, or religious converts, the entire worldview of Europe and Asia radically ...
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Is it grammatically correct to seperate a complete sentence and an incomplete sentence with a semi-colon? [closed]

A common pattern in English is to separate two complete sentences with a semi-colon. For example, John was hurt; he knew she only said it to upset him. "John was hurt" is a complete sentence, ...
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A semicolon or an em dash? [duplicate]

"Hediger acquired a drone after losing half of her harvest in one year to weeds. She estimates that identifying problems faster with timely crop data and using less weed killer will save her tens of ...
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Is it possible to use a semi colon within a list?

I have seen questions looking at using semi-colons to make a list, but I am looking to ask whether semi-colons can go within lists to better define the objects in the list. I am looking to write a ...
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Semicolon usage for question-statement combos

I have read the various postings here about how and how not to use semicolons, but I've not seen and answer anything about how to deal with end of the sentence punctuation with sentence-statement ...
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Implied first person as a subject of a sentence and using semicolons?

I am writing my professional profile on my CV and questioning a couple of things. As it's my CV, each bullet point places me as the subject, and I don't want to explicitly point this out every ...
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Semicolon error after 'limits'? [closed]

The original sentence is as follows: Though Ramez Naam does not entirely deny the possibility of a self-reliant AI in his quote like Pinker does in this article, the words from Naam’s quote show ...
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How to understand the use of the semicolon in the sentence?

Men, particularly, spend hours of their leisure time installing their own fireplaces, laying out their own gardens; building garages and making furniture. I do not understand the use of the ...
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Semicolon usage in conjunction with a conjunction

I once was blind and deaf to the Saviour's beckoning but He reached into my disobedient heart and lovingly led me to surrender my will for His; to trade death for life and sight and sound; and to ...
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A semi-colon before a “comprised of” list, or a new sentence?

I'm writing something along the lines of The service is comprised of two parts; detailed tracking, and logging. Should I employ the semi-colon, as above, or is a colon more appropriate? Or should ...
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What is the correct punctuation usage for 'thus' in this sentence?

"They believe technology serves humankind by empowering us with access to information and the ability to spread that useful information; thus, enriching our lives."
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What punctuation should you use after a list?

What punctuation should you use after a list and before describing the list? In the example below, what should I use where I have used a dash? Or is the dash correct? "Some examples of Apple’s ...
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comma vs. colon

Should I use a comma or a semi-colon to connect these two sentences? In addition to my education, interpersonal skills and work experience, my previous experience at XXX gives me insight into the ...
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Do I use a dash or a semicolon here, or something else entirely?

Is it "In other words, you can compare my existence in the dating world with living in the Sahara--bone dry with the occasional oasis appearing" or "In other words, you can compare my existence in ...
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Is this a correct usage of a semicolon: It's not that I don't care; it's that I care too much?

I could see case here for a colon: It's not that I don't care: it's that I care too much. Or even a comma: It's not that I don't care, it's that I care too much.
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I'm using three questions in a list inside quotation marks, would I separate with a comma, semicolon, or nothing? Are the question marks even needed? [duplicate]

A sentence with a list of questions inside quotation marks, how do I separate them? I can't find a solid answer anywhere. Option 1: In simple terms, Naikan is based on three questions: “What have I ...
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Can a punctuation mark at the end of a quote be changed to a period to end a sentence?

For example, say I wanted to quote the following line of poetry: "To cloke your weariness;" The line ends in a semicolon. However, what would I do if I wanted to quote it at the end of a sentence? ...
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Comma or semicolon between independent clauses that have internal commas and that are joined by a coordinating conjunction

In high school I learned that when joining two independent clauses where either contained a comma I should always use a semicolon before the coordinating conjunction. For example, If Alice had known ...
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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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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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