Sunday, August 19, 2012

The semicolon

The semicolon represents a pause of greater importance than that shown by the comma.
The semicolon is used to separate a series of loosely connected clauses.
  • The giraffe is an ungainly animal; it has a long neck.
  • Her heart was pure; her life serene.
  • Columbus was a great navigator; he knew the world was round.
The semicolon connects two complete sentences when they are too closely related to be separated by a full stop.

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