by Lindsey Strang
The semi-colon is a somewhat neglected punctuation mark, and you may want to try it out. Still, it’s important to be sure you’re using it right, and for a specific purpose... not just to spruce up the visual interest of your essay.
There are a few different ways to use semicolons. For today, we'll focus on just one. (But stay tuned: we'll be back next week to talk about another.)
Semicolons are used to separate two ; more simply, they separate two clauses that could stand alone as separate sentences. That doesn’t mean you can or should put a semicolon between any two sentences. They have to be directly related to one another in order for the semicolon to be warranted.