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If you know what a semicolon is then use it when writing in English

 
 
 
 
 
Semicolons are used similarly to commas and not at all like colons. This is the general rule of thumb that is easy to remember. Now to make matters a little complex, semicolons can be compared to commas, which are used when a sentence is put together to form a whole and complete one. However, when a sentence proves to be too long, yet carrying the necessary components and those components cannot be separated into different sentences, a semicolon can be used in order to not break a sentence down and destroy the essence of its meaning. Semicolons are also used in instances when ideas, two or more, are make to be part of a sentence, while they are given equal worth or rank. Semicolons are also used for brining two independent clauses together, which then eliminates the pause that exists if a period exists and needs to be filled with either and, but, nor, or yet as well as anything that brings two separate and independent statements together. Don’t forget about the fact that semicolons are closer to commas than they seem to be so use them instead of commas wherever a comma would prove inappropriate.
 
 
When you want to use the semicolon, make sure you are working with two sentences that can stand their own ground independently; meaning they are complete sentences. This way you are able to form a bond between them and strengthen the relationship between them by using a semicolon. Make sure not to use capital letters on the first word that follows a semicolon; they are designed to informally connect and strengthen each other that way. Below are some examples of the correct form of semicolon usage:
 
 
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