Is it correct to use a semicolon or a comma in this sentence?

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I absolutely think it is. The rule of thumb for semi-colon use is when you have two stand-alone clauses (i.e. where you have a full stop at the end), and want to connect them.

Semi-colons shouldn't be used with conjunctions (and/or/but etc), but your sentence doesn't have this feature.

You would also be fine to use 2 clauses, but particularly for readability, the semi-colon helps the reader understand there is a connection between the two clauses.

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    I disagree about the use of conjunctions with semicolons; but there is room for difference between mechanical and rhetorical pointers; and perhaps we will reach a punctuated equilibrium. Commented Jun 12, 2014 at 21:25

Using semicolon is art, if you use in wrong part in sentence then it going to make sentence grammatically mistake.

Semi colon is used to distinguish the sentence from the paragraph.

Example I went to shopping and bought; Watches, bags, dresses.

So it defines I went to shopping and bought watches. I went to shopping and bought bags.

The word start often the semicolon should always start with capital letter.


A dot and colon: Semi colon

  • Oh good gracious, no. This is wrong. There should be no 'to' after 'went', no capital 'W' for 'watches' and the last element of the list should have 'and' and not a comma. : "I went shopping and bought watches, bags and dresses.". Or with a semi-colon "I went shopping; I bought watches, bags and dresses."
    – Steve Ives
    Commented Sep 2, 2016 at 7:39
  • Oops, I take your comments seriously. Hope It's my mistake. Not proof read the sentence. Mr Steve Ives. sentence or word that starts after semi colon should be in capital.
    – Balaji JB
    Commented Sep 2, 2016 at 8:43
  • No - the word after the semi-colon is still part of the sentence, so should only be capitalised as per normal rules for proper nouns, cities, countries, 'I' etc.
    – Steve Ives
    Commented Sep 2, 2016 at 8:47
  • Yup, you are absolutely right. I made a complete reference and finally got it. I found some examples "The woman was heartbreakingly beautiful; she was dark and stormy; she was utterly dangerous." Thanks for alerting me Mr.Steve
    – Balaji JB
    Commented Sep 2, 2016 at 12:48

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