semicolon: how and why
if you find yourself on this website, it’s likely you’ll run into a semicolon.
the semicolon is the best friend you never knew you needed. there are four ways to use it.
here’s the first:
in connecting related independent clauses.
use a semicolon to connect two complete sentences that share the same overarching theme.
correct: we need to discuss a new tagline; the old one is worn out.
incorrect: once the tagline is written; we’ll need new marketing material.
notice in the second sentence, the first clause is not a complete sentence; therefore, a semicolon is incorrect; use a comma.
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