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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By: Ashley Gay, Lindsay Newsome, Ashley Joyce, and Boyd Saunders
An independent clause can stand by itself as a sentence.Definition of Semicolons
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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