By: Krystal Franck Kreishna Bellamy Colin Gudejko
History of the Semicolon First used by: The Greeks and Romans in their writing First printing of the semicolon was by Aludus Mantius in 1495. Gain popularity in the mid 1900’s when used a lot by Edgar Allen Poe Definition of a semicolon : A punctuation mark is used to connect independent clauses and indicates a closer relationship between the clauses than a period does.
Proper Way to Use a Semicolon It is used when you are trying to separate units of a series in which you are using commas. Example: If you want to meet very important people in our government, you would want to meet Barak Obama, President of the United States; Joe Biden, Vice-President of the United States; and Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader.
Use of the Semicolon A semicolon is used between two independent clauses that could be sentences on their own. Example: I play volley ball; I love to play.
Use of the Semicolon A semicolon can be used before an introductory word or phrase. Example: If you go to a community college, you will want to keep certain items in your back pack; for example, highlights, pens, pencils, and a flash drive.
Use of the Semicolon A semicolon is used when two sentences are joined by a coordinating conjunction and one or more commas appear in the first sentence. • Example: If you want to lose weight, you will eat sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes; and that is why we had mashed sweet potatoes for supper.
Misuses of the Semicolon The most common misuse is when the semicolon is used between and independent clause and a phrase. Example: While they were swimming; they saw dolphins and sharks. Another misuse of the semicolon is when it is used between and independent clause and a list. The store had many items on sale; toys, shoes, clothes, and tools.
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