The Semicolon is
not a semi-automatic weapon;
or the Movie Semi-Pro.
I wouldn't suggest getting a tattoo.
Just read my post.
This is a SEMICOLON.
complete sentence + ; + transition + , + complete sentence.
Check out this example:
My father does not approve of his mother cruising around town on a Harley motorcycle; however, Grandma has never cared what anyone thinks.
Finally, use the semicolon to avoid confusion when you have complicated lists of items. The pattern looks like this:
item + , + more information + ; + item + , + more information + ; + and + item + , + more information
Read the following example:
On a Harley motorcycle, my grandmother and her poodle have traveled to Anchorage, Alaska; San Francisco, California; and Tijuana, Mexico.
Keep these three things in mind when you use a semicolon:
The two main clauses that the semicolon joins should be closely related in meaning.
Don't capitalize the word that follows the semicolon unless that word is a proper noun, one that is always capitalized.
Limit your use of semicolons; you should not scatter them wantonly throughout your writing. Semicolons are like glasses of champagne; save them for special occasions.
I am going home; I intend to stay there.
It rained heavily during the afternoon; we managed to have our picnic anyway.
They couldn't make it to the summit and back before dark; they decided to camp for the night.
You can also use a semicolon when you join two independent clauses together with one of the following conjunctive adverbs (adverbs that join independent clauses): however, moreover, therefore, consequently, otherwise, nevertheless, thus, etc. For example:
I am going home; moreover, I intend to stay there.
It rained heavily during the afternoon; however, we managed to have our picnic anyway.
They couldn't make it to the summit and back before dark; therefore, they decided to camp for the night.
OK. CHALLENGE: Do I use the SEMICOLONS CORRECTLY at the beginning of the post? You will see them enlarged.
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