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Part: III Appendixes > semicolon (;)

semicolon (;)

The semicolon is used:

  1. To separate the clauses of a compound sentence when the conjunction is omitted

  2. Between the clauses of a compound sentence that are joined by one of the conjunctive adverbs: accordingly, also, besides, consequently, further, hence, furthermore, however, moreover, nevertheless, otherwise, still, then, thus, yet, or therefore

  3. To separate units in a series when they are long and complicated or internally punctuated

  4. Between clauses of a compound sentence that are connected by a conjunction when those clauses are somewhat long, or when a more decided pause is desirable


  

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