Rules of the Semicolon

Look at that semicolon above appearing so regal.

May I confess?

I didn’t how to use it until I was in my third decade. Even worse — once I learned how, I used it . . . everywhere.

I’m glad to report that I am much more reasonable now.

So here are the rules of the semicolon:

  1. Use a semicolon to combine two independent clauses (complete sentences) that are related in thought.
  2. The clauses must be independent (complete sentences that can stand on their own).
  3. Use the semicolon sparingly. Like exclamation points!

Here’s an example:

Some people love semicolons; other people find them pretentious.

There are some other semicolon rules as well, but that’s enough for now. If you like this type of thing, have a look at this quirky short video by the Comma Queen for further explanation. And be sure to sign up below so you’re the first to know when my online grammar class goes live.

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