Semicolons

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Semicolons

A punctuation mark indicating a pause(;) typically between two main clauses(;) that is more pronounced than that indicated by a comma.

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.


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.

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