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S: By: Janel Myers

FC: Semicolon | Included: 13 Examples of Correct Usages 7 Examples of Incorrect Usages | It is a punctuation mark used to connect two independent clauses with closely related ideas or separate a list with internal punctuation. This mark usually links clauses with conjunctive adverbs or transitional phrases. | By: Janel Myers

1: Correct Usage 1 & 2 | It's the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary; only wise men are able to understand them (15). | He looked at the people in the plaza for a while; they were coming and going, and all of them seemed to be very busy (19).

2: Correct Usage 3 | She had to wear a wig in her class photo because she was losing her hair; you can see it if you look really closely (28).

3: Correct Usage 4 | All of that may seem worth it for a shot at the medal stand; in addition to high-profile endorsement opportunities, a gold medal comes with a $25,000 cash prize.” | Fallon, Kevin. "Gabby Douglas, Ryan Lochte: Why Families of America's Olympics Athletes Are Broke." The Daily Beast. Newsweek/Daily Beast, Web. 20 Aug. 2012

4: Correct Usage 5 | No longer did Western culture look to the heavens to find a sense of self or a God-given identity; instead, it looked to the material world to discover a new way of processing identity (13).

5: Correct Usage 6 | Daddy's a sweetheart; he may get mad at me, but it never lasts longer than five minutes (32).

6: Correct Usage 7 | Mind you, the spare room is pretty sumptuous too; in fact, I think he gets his own Jacuzzi, so he can't complain (108).

7: Correct Usage 8 | An unlikely row has erupted in France over suggestions that the semicolon's days are numbered; worse, the growing influence of English is apparently to blame.

8: Correct Usage 9 | House Hunters Episode: Atlanta Hipsters Buying Their First Home Are Hard To Please | Program Information: Atlanta couple Andy and Kate search for their new home, but their high-end tastes may not warrant the results they were hoping for; artistic newlyweds search Atlanta suburbs for the perfect starter home.

9: Correct Usage 10 | TOMS Fall 2012: 15 | The orphanage is home to 800 wonderful kids; we had the opportunity to meet each of them.

10: ''Keep this man safe; \ Give him all kindness. I had rather have Such men my friends than enemies'' (Act 5, Scene 4) | Correct Usage 11

11: Correct Usage 12 | Our despair is in Adam; our hope is in Christ (36).

12: Correct Usage 13 | He spoke of how his mother had traded her body for her children; when the Americans came, she didn't have to do that anymore and young Wolfgang and his sister had enough to eat for the first time in years (XV).

13: Incorrect Usage 2 | We could see for miles; see the ribbon of highway and the small dots that were houses and cars (76).” | The use of this semicolon is incorrect because of the clause after the semicolon. In order to be a sentence there needs to be a subject and this clause lacks one.

14: Incorrect Usage 1

15: And not only was he poor and hungry; he was also being bombed at night and shelled during the day (XVI). | Incorrect Usage 3 | In this example, the first clause is not a complete sentence. It should not be a semicolon because they are only used when there are two independent sentences to connect.

16: Incorrect Usage 5 | Basically the Manichees were a sort of Christian cult hose behavior would make Ned Flanders look like Hugh Hefner: they were incredibly fastidious in their attempts to flee what they saw as the evil of the material world (125) | Instead of a colon, the author should have used a semicolon. Before and after the mark are two independent clauses that are related.

17: Incorrect Usage 6 | Jesus makes clear that the redemption of our desires is key; it is the beginning point of the redemption of the world (132) | The mark used should not be a semicolon but a colon. Colons are used to give explanation to the clause preceded and that is what is done in this example.

18: Incorrect Usage 7 | He was sure it made no difference to her on which day he appeared: for her, every day was the same, and when each day is the same as the next, it's because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises (27). | Instead of a colon, the author should have used a semicolon. Before and after the mark are two independent clauses that are related.

19: Incorrect Usage 8 | They were good role models, neither of whom ever looked in a mirror and saw someone who had relinquished the idea of herself as an attractive woman. | Harrison, Kathryn. "In Praise of Vanity. More September 2012: 166. | Before and after the comma are main clauses. Rather than a comma, the writer should have used a semicolon to link the clauses.

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