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I am not sure if I should use a semi-colon in the example sentence below. Can somebody help me?

To apply for your leave, first you must do the following: contact the person A in the HR department to get a form A; and contact the person B in the Finance department to get a form B.

I am not sure because in this example there are only 2 descriptions and I read somewhere that semicolon is used with three or more list items

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Not a semicolon.

A semicolon can be used instead of a comma to separate items in a list if the items themselves have commas. This can avoid ambiguity:

You should: Call Mary, Mike, or Peter and get form A; and submit a blue, green, or pink form to Finance.

The semicolon might help a reader to understand that.

However it would be better if you used a bulleted list. You should use a bulleted list if the items are more than single words or short phrases.

To apply for your leave, first you must do the following:

  • Contact person A in the HR department to get a form A.
  • Contact person B in the Finance department to get a form B.

Now you can make each item a sentence and the structure is much clearer than it would be if you use a semicolon.

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  • Thank you very much for your answer!
    – user154167
    Apr 12, 2022 at 20:13

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