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05/11/2011

semicolon

Filed under: Extra — anlactunay @ 1:28 PM

Semi-colon – Pre-test:
Select the correctly punctuated sentence.

1A. Let’s go dancing; afterward we can get dessert.
1B. Let’s go dancing, afterward we can get dessert

2A. Pizza is my favorite food; however, I haven’t had a chance to eat it in a couple of years.
2B. Pizza is my favorite food, however I haven’t had a chance to eat it in a couple of years.

3A. The three winners of the contest were Kelly Gee, California, Bob Davis, Delaware, and Sandy Hu, Nevada.
3B. The three winners of the contest were Kelly Gee, California; Bob Davis, Delaware; and Sandy Hu, Nevada.

Answers:
1A.
2A.
3B.

Semicolons
Semicolons do not represent a full stop at the end of a sentence, as periods do; rather, they’re like the “yellow light” of punctuation marks: they signal a pause between one sentence and the next. You slow down, then stop at the end of the second sentence.

Rule 1. Use a semicolon in place of a period to separate two sentences where the conjunction has been left out.

Examples:
`Call me tomorrow; I will give you my answer then.

`They went to the scariest movie they could find; they didn’t invite their youngest sister.

Rule 2. It is preferable to use a semicolon before introductory words such as NAMELY, HOWEVER, THEREFORE, THAT IS, I.E., FOR EXAMPLE, E.G., or FOR INSTANCE when they introduce a complete sentence. It is also preferable to use a comma after the introductory word.

Examples:
`You will want to bring many backpacking items; FOR EXAMPLE, sleeping bags, pans, and warm clothing will make the trip better.

`As we discussed, you will bring two items; I.E., a sleeping bag and a tent are not optional.

Rule 3. Use the semicolon to separate units of a series when one or more of the units contain commas.

Example:
`This conference has people who have come from Boise, IDAHO; Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA; and Nashville, TENNESSEE.

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