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A Rough Guide to SemicolonsIt is a simple symbol. Some say deceptively so. Incorrectly used, it is the scourge of prose and the ravager of innocent sentences. Amongst all the punctuation marks of the English language, it is perhaps the most abused of all. Many writers fear to touch it at all. It is, the semicolon.
But all this doom, gloom and terror is, in fact, quite unnecessary. The semicolon has just two major uses, both of which are quite easy to identify. Let's have a look at them.
1. To Connect Two Independent Clauses
For those who aren't sure, a clause is a series of words that could stand alone as a complete sentence. Clauses are often connected together wit
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