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    Semicolons

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    When do we use semicolons?

    • 1. They connect two independent phrases that share a related or similar idea.

    • 2. They connect independent phrases separated by transitional phrases.

    • 3. They clarify confusing items in a series

    • 4. THEY MAKE YOU LOOK SMART!!

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    RULE #1- Use a semicolon between closely related independent clauses which are not joined by a coordinating conjunction.

    • Recall that the acronym for coordinating conjunctions is FANBOYS!

    • EX #1: I do not like to eat chocolate. Ice cream is my food of choice.

    • EX #1: I do not like to eat chocolate; ice cream is my food of choice

    • EX #2: She was very tired. She had worked late the night before.

    • EX #2: She was very tired; she had worked late the night before.

  • Question 4
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    Select the sentence that uses the semicolon correctly

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    All the garden tools are kept in the garage; and they are cleaned every spring.

    All the garden tools are kept; in the garage they are cleaned every spring.

    All the garden tools are kept in the garage; they are cleaned every spring.

    All the garden tools are kept in the garage, they are cleaned; every spring.

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    Rule #2- Use a semicolon between two independent clauses which are linked in meaning with a transitional word/phrase

    • Some examples of transitional words/phrases are: however, meanwhile, therefore, for example, next, similarly, in conclusion, etc.

    • EX #1: I do not like to ride the bus. However, I ride it when I visit my sister.

    • EX #1: I do not like to ride the bus; however, I ride it when I visit my sister.

    • EX #2: He never exercised. As a result, he became fat.

    • EX #2: He never exercised; as a result, he became fat.

  • Question 6
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    Select the sentence that uses the semicolon correctly

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    The rent is expensive, moreover, the house is pretty small.

    The rent is expensive; moreover, the house is pretty small.

    The rent is expensive, moreover; the house is pretty small.

    The rent is expensive; moreover; the house is pretty small.

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    Rule #3- Use a semicolon between items in a series containing internal punctuation.

    • In other words, if you have a series, major groupings, or a list, then instead of using a comma each time, use a semicolon.

    • EX #1: My dad has lived in Seattle, Washington; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Miami, Florida.

    • EX #2: My family members birthdays are July 23rd, 1985; November 10th, 1987; and January 28th, 2015.

  • Question 8
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    Select the sentence that uses the semicolon correctly

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    On the table were three piles: meat, chicken, and fish; rice, bread, and pasta; and spinach, broccoli, and kale.

    On the table were three piles; meat; chicken; and fish; rice, bread, and pasta; and spinach, broccoli, and kale.

    On the table were three piles: meat, chicken, and fish & rice, bread, and pasta & and spinach, broccoli, and kale.

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