When Do You Use A Semicolon?

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  1. MACDRIVE macrumors 68000

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    Some of you aristocratic higher education people at MacRumors use semicolons. Cue me in please. :)
     
  2. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    A semicolon separates two independent clauses (any clause that can stand alone by itself as a sentence) with no connecting words.
    e.g. "MacRumors is a great place; the people here are very helpful."​


    You can also use a semicolon when joining two independent clauses with a conjunctive adverb.
    e.g. "I love my school; however, the cafeteria food is terrible."​
     
  3. MACDRIVE thread starter macrumors 68000

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    WOW, that's really cool! Is the conjunctive adverb 'however'? :)
     
  4. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Yes...

    Other conjunctive adverbs include:
    • furthermore
    • moreover
    • incidentally
    • accordingly
    • otherwise
    • therefore
    etc. etc.​
     
  5. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    One more thing...

    A semicolon can be used to seperate a series of three or more items that contain internal commas.
    e.g. "Apple has retail stores in Los Angeles, California; Albany, New York; Austin, Texas; and Sacramento, California."​
     
  6. MACDRIVE thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Awesome! I used to hate english and punctuation in my younger days, but now it is becoming more like a really cool game. :)
     
  7. Dunepilot macrumors 6502a

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    I love the fact that people know that if they need accurate advice, MR is the place to turn to, whatever the topic.

    Semicolons are a much-misunderstood but valuable addition to our arsenal of punctuation.

    Some of you may be aware of Never Mind the Full Stops, a rather good grammar-based programme that recently debuted on the BBC over here.
     
  8. Nermal Moderator

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    That "signs" video reminded me of a sign outside a motel here - "STUDIO S AVAILABLE" where you can clearly see where they deleted the apostrophe :p
     
  9. Dunepilot macrumors 6502a

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    At least they had the humility to accept they were in error!
     

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