Semicolon

+Definition

Semicolons are like the automatic coupling device on railroad cars: they let you join two or three or even more sentences so as to form a single, complex thought.
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When to use it?

Semicolon is mainly used for joining two or more independent clauses

1. when second clause restate the first clause
2. when first and second clause are both equaly emphasized
3. when second clause starts with a conjunctions such as However, therefore , thus, moreover.
- when sentences are parallel in structure
4. when second clause starts with a transitions such as, in fact, for example, for instance, on the other hands.

Semicolon provides break for too long single sentence

Semicolon is used to join series of element that already contains comma in it

How it can help your writing?

Semicolon can unify your thoughts
Semicolon compress your thoughts
Semicolon can provide variety
Semicolon can provied tight contrasts

Examples of Semicolon usages

A beacuty is a Woman you notice; a charmer is one who notices you. -Adlai Stevenson

Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but a cabbage with a college education. - Mark Twain

Road construction in Dallas has hindered travel around town; streets have become covered with bulldozers, trucks, and cones.

Terrorism in the United States has become a recent concern; in fact, the concern for America's safety has led to an awareness of global terrorism.

Incorrect usages of semicolon

semicolon can't be used to separate two independent clauses connected with conjunctions.
The appellate court disagreed with the decision of the trial court; but the court refused to remand the case for a new trial, relying on the harmless-error rule.

I had a great summer vacation; traveling abroad, playing sports, and working hard.

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