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Semicolons - Page Text Content

BC: AP English Publishing Co.

FC: Erica Jurado

1: This semicolon is used correctly. Using a semicolon in a list or series where one of the items have a comma limits confusion. | CORRECT!


3: This semicolon is used correctly. It joins two closely related independent clauses together.

4: PHANG NGA BAY, PHUKET | November 7 | INCORRECT! | This advertisement uses the semicolon incorrectly. It is not joining two independent clauses and the items are not lengthy or comma saturated. Instead of a semicolon, the ad should use a comma.

5: | CORRECT! | The semicolon is used correctly. It joins 3 independent clauses together.


7: This usage of a semicolon is incorrect. The semicolon is joining two clauses that are not independent which is incorrect. Also a semicolon should never be followed with the word "and".

8: INCORRECT! | -> | This semicolon is used correctly as it joins two independent clauses together.

9: CORRECT! | <- | The semicolon is used correctly. However one should avoid starting sentences with conjunctions.


11: To fix this Truss could do one of two things. One option would be to put commas after but and yet and keeping the semicolons. The other option is to replace the semicolons with commas.

12: The semicolon should not be used here. A better alternative would be using a conjunction to connect the ideas "Big vs small" and "Amazon vs eBay".

13: This semicolon is used correctly to join two related independent clauses together.

14: This semicolon correctly joins items in a list that contain commas.

15: When items in a list have commas, such as dates or places, semicolons help the reader easily identify what words are grouped together.

16: INCORRECT! | There should not be a semicolon in the book title. To fix this the misused semicolon should be replaced by a colon.

17: CORRECT! | The semicolon correctly joins two sentences that are closely related in topic.


19: There should not be a semicolon used here. Instead the second half should be reworded to form a full sentence. Then the clauses could be joined, or the writer could choose to have each independent clause stand on its own.


21: Both clauses are independent and contain related topics; Therefore the semicolon is used correctly.

22: These semicolons are used correctly and allows the reader to clearly identify what items are grouped together.

23: To use a semicolon here the second half must be turned into a complete sentence. For example "Mike O'Malley is 55; His wife Sharon is 53."

24: Little Love Bug

25: SWALLOW CAVES BY MAYA BAY | November 14 | Both of these usages in Tumblrs' terms of service agreement are correct. Each of the semicolons join two complete and related sentences together.


27: It's unclear what they are trying to convey in this question. Assuming that Morissette's album is titled "others" the semicolon is used incorrectly. Instead a comma should be used.


29: The semicolon is used correctly as it joins two complete sentences that are related.


31: To fix this the semicolons should be replaced with commas and the last comma should be followed by the word "and".

32: In order of appearance:

33: Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynn Truss


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