Semi Colon Example Sentences (;)

The semi-colon is the punctuation mark between two main clauses or sentences. It is used to separate two sentences that are closely related in meaning. The semi colon is a longer pause than the comma. It is used in a sentence which is complete but does not have any conjunction. For example: I went to the store; I bought some groceries; and I paid for them with cash.

He likes to read; write; and do math problems.

What is Punctuation?

Punctuation is the art of rightly putting pauses, points and stops in writing in order to make the sense clear and comprehensible.

Use of Semi Colon (;)

The semi colon is a longer pause than the comma. The semi colon is used in a sentence which is complete but does not have any conjunction. It may be used instead of ‘and’, ‘and then’, ‘till’ etc.

Rules to use Semi Colon in Writing:

The semi colon is a longer pause than the comma.

i. To mark off coordinate clauses connected by the following conjunctions.

Otherwise, therefore, so, then, for, yet, still, thus, however, furthermore, moreover, indeed, also, hence, else, but, nevertheless, consequently, accordingly, etc.

i. Take care of your health; otherwise you will be ill.
ii. Drink milk; for it is a perfect milk.
iii. I like the samples very much; therefore, I am going to order seven dozen.
iv. She did not work hard, consequently, she failed.

  1. Sometimes, the semi colons are used in a sentence which is complete but does not have any conjunction.

It was morning; a cool breeze was blowing; the birds wee twittering; the flowers were blossoming; the atmosphere was charming.

  1. Boys may go; girls may stay.
  2. The semi colon may be used instead of ‘and’, ‘and then’, ‘till’ etc.

i. She came and she saw and then she went away.
ii. She came, she saw; she went away.
iii. He looked at it, and then he hesitated and then he jumped.
iv. He looked at it; he hesitated, he jumped.

Wearing a cap, he went out.

In the above sentence, the sentence has been separated by using comma sign. In other words, the sentence in which semi colon is used, mostly complete in its sense.

Man Proposes; God disposes.

The above sentence is complete. However by using semi colon these two sentences have been separated.

i. Reading makes a full man; speaking a witty man; writing an exact man.

  1. The semi colons are used to separate groups of similar units.

i. The chief commodities are butter, cheese, milk, eggs; lamb, beef, mutton, oats, barley, rye, and wheat.

Semi Colon Example sentences:

  1. All men were against him nevertheless he preserved.
    All men were against him; nevertheless he preserved.
  2. He came he saw he conquered.
    He came; he saw; he conquered.
  3. He was a brave, generous man and we all honored him.
    He was a brave, generous man; and we all honored him.
  4. They did not fight for the cause unitedly otherwise they would have succeeded.
    They did not fight for the cause unitedly; otherwise they would have succeeded.
  5. To err is human to forgive, divine.
    To err is human; to forgive, divine.
  6. I should like to thank the managing director, Joe my secretary, Sana and my assistant Kim.
    I should like to thank the managing director Joe; my secretary Sana; and my assistant Kim.
  7. You have done the work well therefore I will pay you well.
    You have done the work well; therefore I will pay you well.
  8. You must take more exercise otherwise you will be too fat.
    You must take more exercise; otherwise you will be too fat.
  9. I woke up I got out of bed.
    I woke up; I got out of bed.
  10. Their house is mess their yard is a disgrace.
    Their house is mess; their yard is a disgrace.
  11. He played he made runs.
  12. He played; he made runs
  13. I went i purchased a book.
  14. I went; I purchased a book

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