Semicolons: A sentence’s best friend<br />By<br />Moses Barajas, Jr.<br />
Disclaimer:<br />The information contained in slides numbers 4 to 7 was used entirely from the article on the usage of semicolons on Wikipedia and can be found on the following link:<br />http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semicolon_usage<br />
Semicolon? Is that a…?<br />No, a semicolon is not the aftermath of a horrible automobile accident. A semicolon is a punctuation mark that is used to connect to independent clauses that are not two different thoughts. Confused? So am I; so let’s clear the air.<br />
Uses and Applications(according to the Wikipedia article)<br />Semicolons are followed by a lower case letter, unless that letter is the first letter of a proper noun. They have no spaces before them, but one space after (possibly two when using monospaced fonts). Applications of the semicolon in English include:<br />
<ul><li>Between items in a series or listing containing internal punctuation, especially parenthetic commas, where the semicolons function as serial commas:
She saw three men: Jamie, who came from New Zealand; John, the milkman's son; and George, a gaunt kind of man.
Several fast food restaurants can be found within the cities: London, England; Paris, France; Dublin, Ireland; and Madrid, Spain.
Examples of familiar sequences are: one, two, and three; a, b, and c; and first, second, and third.
(Fig. 8; see also plates in Harley 1941, 1950; Schwab 1947).</li></li></ul><li>Related independent clauses not conjoined with a coordinating conjunction<br /><ul><li>I went to the basketball court; I was told it was closed for cleaning.
I told Ben he's running for the hills; I wonder if he knew I was joking.