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BUS 212 - Semicolon - AGladue - V A semicolon should be...

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Andrew Gladue Danny Lugo The Semicolon I. According to our book, “The semicolon links independent clauses or sentences that are of equal weight and grammatical rank” (Page 612 WTW). II. The semicolon indicates a longer pause than a comma would, but not so long of a pause as a period. III. The relationship between the two statements should be so clear that a reader will understand why they are linked without further explanation. IV. Semicolons can often be used instead of a comma when using conjunctions. a. Example: Jim is a good typist; and he makes few mistakes.
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Unformatted text preview: V. A semicolon should be used before conjunctive adverbs (such as therefore, moreover, furthermore, indeed, in fact, however) that connect independent clauses. a. Example: I won’t finish today; moreover, I doubt that I will finish this week. VI. Do NOT use a semicolon between a dependent clause and its main clause. Elements joined by semicolons must be of equal grammatical rank or weight. a. Example: No one applied for the position; even though it was heavily advertised....
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