Semicolons

By:Kaylee Blair, Rissa Johnson, Destiny Anderson

Semicolons Rules


Rule 1

Use a semicolon in place of a period to separate two sentences where the conjunction has been left out.

Examples:
Call me tomorrow; I will give you my answer then.

I have paid my dues; therefore, I expect all the privileges listed in the contract.



Rule 2

It is preferable to use a semicolon before introductory words such as namely, however, therefore, that is, i.e., for example, e.g., or for instance when they introduce a complete sentence. It is also preferable to use a comma after the introductory word.

Examples:
You will want to bring many backpacking items; for example, sleeping bags, pans, and warm clothing will make the trip better.

As we discussed, you will bring two items; i.e., a sleeping bag and a tent are not optional.



Rule 3

Use either a semicolon or a comma before introductory words such as namely, however, therefore, that is, i.e., for example, e.g., or for instance when they introduce a list following a complete sentence. Use a comma after the introductory word.

Examples:
You will want to bring many backpacking items; for example, sleeping bags, pans, and warm clothing.

You will want to bring many backpacking items, for example, sleeping bags, pans, and warm clothing.



Rule 4

Use the semicolon to separate units of a series when one or more of the units contain commas.

Example:
This conference has people who have come from Boise, Idaho; Los Angeles, California; and Nashville, Tennessee.



Rule 5

Use the semicolon between two sentences joined by a coordinating conjunction when one or more commas appear in the first sentence.

Examples:
When I finish here, I will be glad to help you; and that is a promise I will keep.

If she can, she will attempt that feat; and if her husband is able, he will be there to see her.



Examples!!!!!

  1. No one was seriously hurt in the accident; one man suffered a broken finger.
  2. Like dear St Francis of Assisi I am wedded to poverty; but in my case the marriage is not a success.
  3. To lose one parent, Mr Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.
  4. The meeting has been rescheduled for 4 o'clock; this reflects the director's new agenda.
  5. The manager did not approve the plan; he suggested several changes.
  6. A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.


Have A Great Time Learning About Semicolons!!

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Chap 10 Part 1 - Commas and Semicolons