Hi, I'm Ray Evans. I'm a certified copyeditor and proofreader.
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Hello again, my wonderful word wizards!
Today, I want to talk to you about semicolons. You know, those little misunderstood marks that sit
somewhere between a comma and a period; the ultimate middle child of punctuation.
It's just so versatile, isn't it?
When I was young and immature, I turned my nose up at them but as I gotten older I’ve learned to
love them and you should too!
How Should Semicolons be used?
It’s main uses are to:
(A clause is a group of words that contains both a subject and a predicate.)
Examples of each:
And that’s all there is to it!
The semicolon tells your readers that the two clauses are related to the same idea.
It's like a period, but not as final.
It's like a comma, but with more significance.
Of course, it should only be used when absolutely necessary; otherwise, it can be pretty pretentious.
(Author note: I’m something of a semicolon aficionado; my household accounts for 42.6% all semicolon
usage on the East Coast. Therefore I do acknowledge that I may be a little bit biased.)
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