Jul 182012

When do we use a semi-colon?

ANSWER: A semi-colon (;) is usually used for three main reasons:

  1. separating lists within sentences;
  2. completing items in a bullet list (like this);
  3. joining (usually) short, complete sentences into one sentences.


1. “There are many ways to keep fit and healthy: running around the block once a day; eating a balance diet; going to the gym; and visiting the doctor regularly.

(Also notice the use of the colon (:) above which is like a little arrow pointing to the right!)

2. (see above)

3. “IELTS writing task answers require correct punctuation for high scores; it’s not hard to learn.”

Notice that there is a noticeable “meaning” connection between the two joined complete sentences. Of course, they could also be written as two separate sentences.

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