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Last Updated: Jan 15, 2019 Views: 43 0 0 Topics: Punctuation
|A semicolon marks a stronger pause than a comma, but a weaker pause than a period. It is appropriate to use semicolons in the following conditions:
1) Use semicolons to separate items of equal grammatical weight.
2) Use semicolons to join independent clauses closely related in thought.
3) Use semicolons between independent clauses joined by words such as however, therefore, nevertheless, nonetheless, moreover, and consequently.
4) Use semicolons to join independent clauses connected by words or phrases such as indeed, in fact, at any rate, for example, and on the other hand.
5) Use semicolons to separate clauses, phrases, or items in a series that might be confusing if commas alone were used to mark boundaries.
6) Use semicolons correctly with quotation marks.