The semicolon is a valuable ingredient in any recipe. With a dash of this super-comma, you'll add that zesty flavor that every delectable paper needs.
- Write one complete statement. This is your independent clause.
- Write another complete statement that relates to the first.
- Place the semicolon right after the last word of the first statement. The second statement follows immediately after the first. The semicolon joins the two statements together.
- Semicolons are used to bring two separate but closely related statements together into one complete sentence. It can either join two sentences into one, or may be used as a super-comma in a complicated list.
- Also, use semi colons to connect items in lists or multiple clauses which contain commas, much in the same way we use ' ' around a quotation which is inside another quotation. Otherwise, it can look very confusing with so many commas all over the place.
- The vegetables will add nutrition to this tasty treat; plus, they contribute delicious flavoring.
- We bought plenty of food; there was enough food to feed the whole school.
- The cook wanted to add a little pizazz and spice to the dishes; as a result, the hearty food eaters were feeling hot, hot, hot.
- New York City, New York; Los Angeles, California; and Chicago, Illinois are the three most populated cities in America.
- Semicolons must be used between two sentences.
- The second sentence is usually an afterthought which regards to the first.
- Try to keep the clauses as closely related as you can.
- Use semicolons instead of periods to show a closer relationship between the sentences.
- Use conjunctive adverbs following the semicolon for some added flavor and to make it more interesting. Conjunctive Adverbs include however, moreover, indeed, therefore, otherwise, meanwhile, furthermore, instead, besides, and consequently.
- If your sentence doesn't look right to you, it probably isn't. Follow your instincts. However, this may not be as follows all the time!
- Beware of the dreaded conjunctions and, for, so, but, nor, and yet, as they will ruin your recipe
- Remember, it goes, independent clause (first sentence), semicolon, optional conjunctive adverb, then second independent clause.
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