the semicolon

The Semicolon

  • Use a semicolon to join two independent clauses. In this case,
    a conjunction is unnecessary. The two independent clauses should be
    closely related.

    Isaac is a champion discus thrower; he holds the state record. (This is
    an acceptable use of the semicolon.)
    Isaac is a champion discus thrower; his dad is a baker. (This is an
    unacceptable use of the semicolon.)
    The concert was not just good; it was fantastic! (This is acceptable.)

  • Use a semicolon between a compound sentence’s clauses that are joined
    by certain transitional words. Use a comma after these transitional
    words and phrases. See the sample sentences below.

    accordingly in other words
    as a result indeed
    besides instead
    consequently meanwhile
    for example moreover
    for instance nevertheless
    furthermore otherwise
    however that is
    in fact therefore

    The new tools are great; besides, they were perfect gifts for Dad.
    Your dance score was one of the highest in this early competition;
    consequently, you will now move on to the next round.

  • Use a semicolon between items in a series—if the items in that series
    contain commas.

    This movie’s special people include Missy Swit, lead; Kate Lewis, director;
    Morty Mulis, producer; and Freida Ling, cinematographer.

  • To eliminate confusion, use a semicolon before the coordinating conjunction
    that joins two independent clauses.

    At the beach we collected shells, wood, and seaweed; and then we
    barbequed, walked the shore, and made a campfire.

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    Growing up




    Note: For boys, the period between 14-17 approximately (slightly younger for girls) is called adolescence, i.e. you are an adolescent. In law you are an adult at the age of 18, but many people think of you as an adult when you leave school.

    Childhood and adolescence


    Sam (on the right) was born in Scotland but when he was two, his father got a new job in London and he grew up in the south of England He went to university at 18 where he ...

    Romance


    ... where he met Anthea. He went out with her (= she was his girlfriend; he was her boyfriend) for three years, but towards the end they had lots of rows (= arguments) and they split up (= broke up / separated). In his mid twenties ...

    Marriage


    ... in his mid twenties he met Maureen. They fell in love and got married within six months.
    A year later she got pregnant and they had their first child, a boy. As you can see, she is now expecting their second child (to be pregnant = to be expecting a baby). But sadly Sam met another woman and he left Maureen two months ago to live with the other woman.
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