The Rules and How to Use Semicolon (;)

Punctuation is a small thing in a sentence. Without punctuation, the sentence will be run-on. Punctuations have some types such as: period, commas, questions marks, semi colon, colon, hyphen, dash, etc.

Far from being pretentious, semicolons can be positively democratic. To use a semicolon properly can be an act of faith. It’s a way of saying to the reader, who is already holding one bag of groceries, here, I know it’s a lot, but can you take another. But the truth is that there can be something wonderful in being festooned in carefully balanced bags; there’s a kind of exquisite tension, a feeling of delicious responsibility, in being so loaded up that you seem to have half a grocery store suspended from your body.

Semicolons (;)

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The semicolon is listed last in the Table of Contents, but it makes an eloquent appearance earlier, in the entry for the colon: “A semicolon links two balanced statements; a colon explains or unpacks the statement or information before it.”

I think the semicolon is more easily understood if it is defined in relation to the colon rather than to the comma. Under “Semicolon,” the book says, “Its main role is to indicate a separation between two parts of a sentence that is stronger than a comma but less strong than dividing the sentence in two with a full stop…. She looked at me; I was lost for words.”

So the semicolon is exactly what it looks like: a subtle hybrid of colon and comma. Actually, in Greek, the same symbol has been used since ancient times to indicate a question.

And it still seems to have a vestigial interrogative quality to it, a cue to the reader that the writer is not finished yet; she is holding her breath. For example, if the sentence above—“She looked at me; I was lost for words”—occurred as dialogue in a piece that I was copy-editing, I would be tempted to poke in a period and make it into two sentences. In general, people—even people in love—do not speak in flights that demand semicolons. But in this instance I have to admit that without the semicolon something would be lost. With a period, the four words sink at the end: SHE LOOKED at me. The semicolon keeps the words above water: because of that semicolon, something about her look is going to be significant.

The title “Punctuation..?” employs a hybrid of an ellipsis and a question mark, with the point of the question mark doing double duty as the third dot in an ellipsis. To me it looks off balance—a triumph of design over tradition—partly because there is no space between the word and the ellipsis. If I had invented the interrogative ellipsis, I think I’d have gone with “Punctuation???” Or maybe “Punctuation;” it would have the effect of suggesting that you supply your own subtitle.

Semicolons can be terribly confusing for students. Students often use commas incorrectly, instead of semicolons. They may also confuse colons and semicolons. To avoid confusion, explain these simple rules of punctuation when teaching students semicolons:

  1. Use a semicolon when two independent clauses appear in the same sentence and are not joined by a conjunction. Remind students that an independent clause is a clause that can stand by itself (it has a subject, verb and expresses a complete thought).
  2. Use a semicolon between two independent clauses in the same sentence where the second independent clause begins with a transitional word of phrase, such as however or therefore.
  3. Use a semicolon to separate two independent thoughts within the same sentence if too much comma usage makes the entire thought too complex.
  4. Use semicolons to separate items of a list that already contain commas, such as city, state.

Example:

When I visited Korea, I met Siwon in concert; and directly fall in love to him.

I have to say it; therefore, you will be angry to me.

At this moment I’ll give you some story that using semicolon (;) and other of punctuation marks.

           In last December, I met Choi Siwon when his group song – Super Junior – concert in Korea. I saw him in black sleeves and blue jeans; he looked so awesome. Condition of concert is so crowded. Thousands of ELF (Everlasting Friends) fulfilled concert field. Super Junior sang their 6th album; Sorry Sorry, Mr. Simple, Bonanama, Sexy, Free and Single, Someday, Bittersweet, and etc.    

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          For your information, I will share group members of Super Junior: Park Jungsoo or Leeteuk, Kangin, Yesung, Donghae, Siwon, Kyuhyun, Eunhyuk, Ryeowook, Sungmin, and Shindong. Leeteuk is a leader group; Yesung is leader vocal; and Siwon is a icon of Super Junior. Other member also has a place marks in their group. Super Junior is a well-known boyband group in the world.

       Finally, I felt blessed can met Super Junior. Hoping can met them again, again and again. Last word, Siwon, Saranghamnida^^

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I hope my post can help reader how to use semicolon.

Sorry, if you find mistakes in my writing. I’m still in learning.

Thanks for visiting my blog!!

God bless us^^

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