Semicolon – between a comma and a full stop
Also another type of comma
A semicolon is a different way of pausing without using a full stop. It is used to separate two sentences that are related.
Also, semicolons are used as another type of comma.
A semicolon’s shape is not quite a colon.
And to remember its use:
A semicolon is between a comma and a full stop.
Between a comma and a full stop
Dad is going bald; his hair is getting thinner and thinner.
Written as two separate sentences, this would read:
Dad is going bald. *Take a breath* His hair is getting thinner and thinner.
By using a semicolon, we have shortened the pause between the two related thoughts and brought them closer together.
The two parts are related to each other.
Another type of comma
The places I’ve been to include: Paris, France, London, England, Rome, Italy, and Madrid, Spain.
How could a person know that only four locations are mentioned? See how confusing this is if only commas are used.
To fix this, use semicolons.
The places I’ve been to are as follows: Paris, France; London, England; Rome, Italy; and Madrid, Spain.
The start of the list has a colon.