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The Use and Misuse of Semicolons. By: Ashley Gay, Lindsay Newsome, Ashley Joyce, and Boyd Saunders. Semicolons are used to separate closely related independent clauses without using a comma or a period. An independent clause can stand by itself as a sentence. Definition of Semicolons.

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The Use and Misuse of Semicolons

By: Ashley Gay, Lindsay Newsome, Ashley Joyce, and Boyd Saunders


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Semicolons are used to separate closely related independent clauses without using a comma or a period.

An independent clause can stand by itself as a sentence.

Definition of Semicolons


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Usage of Semicolons

  • To connect two independent clauses is done by the use of semicolons and conjunctive adverbs like however, moreover, nevertheless, and therefore.

  • Semicolons can be used instead of a period to separate sentences where a conjunction has been left out.


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Usage of Semicolons

Example

Comma Splice: The winds grew too strong, we were forced to leave.

Right Way: The winds grew too strong; we were forced to leave.


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Usage of Semicolons

  • A semicolon can be used instead of a dependent word before the independent clauses.

  • Semicolons can also be used within two sentences that are joined by a conjunction but it must have one or more commas within the first sentence.


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Usage of Semicolons

Example

I invited several well known writers to dinner last night: Herman Melville, who brought fresh whole blubber; Emily Dickenson, who refused the appetizer; and William Shakespeare, the Bard of Avon.


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Misuse of Semicolons

  • A lot of times one uses semicolons to string together separate thoughts and incidentally make one sentence.

  • Semicolons are helpful punctuation that tie independent clauses together with out using conjunctions.


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Misuse of Semicolons

  • The wrong way to use semicolons is set in a fashion were the comma should have been placed between independent and dependent clauses.


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Misuse of Semicolons

  • Semicolons are placed where commas should be place like when using and, for, nor, or, but, and so

  • The semicolon should also be punctuated correctly when using some of the following: although, therefore, as a result, and consequently


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Works Citied

  • The Semicolon. 08 Dec. 2005 http://webster.commnet.edu/grammar/marks/semicolon.htm

  • “The Keables Guide.” Semicolons andColons. 08 Dec. 2005 http://www.iolani.honolulu.hi.us/Keables/KeablesGuide/PartFour/SemicolonsandColons.htm

  • Using Semicolons. 08 Dec. 2005 http://www.stark.kent.edu/writing/semicolons.htm


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