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Semicolons

Semicolons

Author: Carin Mangimeli
Description:

• Punctuation rules for semicolons.
• Semicolons with conjunctive adverbs (e.g. however, therefore, unfortunately, etc.).
• How to choose between a semicolon and a period.

Semicolons can be very tricky to use correctly and easily confused with periods, commas and hyphens. Review this packet if you aren't sure how to use one or if you just want to remind yourself before your next paper.

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Objectives

  • Punctuation rules for semicolons.
  • Semicolons with conjunctive adverbs (e.g. however, therefore, unfortunately, etc.).
  • How to choose between a semicolon and a period.

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