Jul 18, 2016

Semicolons

6 cards
  • 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 the 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.
        • Example:
          You will want to bring many backpacking items; for example, sleeping bags, pans, and warm clothing.
          OR

          • Example:
            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 that are joined by a conjunction but already have one or more commas within 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.

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