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Semi-colons

Semi-colons (;) – Replace full stops

When you have two or more clauses together which are similar in meaning but grammatically independent, a semi-colon can be used instead of a full stop if desired. This is subjective to the writer and its usage can add more flow to the sentence.

  • I really adore your idea; let’s hope it works out.
  • They agree with me; we need to buy a new rack.
  • Some people are early risers; others are late risers.

Semi-colons (;) – Lists

Like the colon, the semicolon can be used to make lists. When you have many items and the sentence is complicated, it is best to order the items using semi-colons (;) to give all sentences equal importance and can illustrate a stronger message then just commas.

  • I’ll coach the team on the premises that; I get to use the equipment; my day finished at 19:00 and no later; and I’m given more responsibilities.
  • He doesn’t deserve to work here; he doesn’t have any experience; there are already many other applicants; he doesn’t respect the agreement.

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