The Semicolon

=43. Compound Sentences

A semicolon is used in compound sentences to

separate independent clauses that have no connective between. The

semicolon in such constructions, however, is fast disappearing from

newspaper columns. Complex constructions are avoided. Usage favors

making a separate sentence of the second clause.


Brown came first; Johnson followed five

seconds later, with Jones third.


The murder was committed sometime

before 12:00 o'clock; at 8:00 this morning the

murderer was in jail.


The murder was committed sometime before

12:00 o'clock. At 8:00 this morning the murderer was

in jail.

=44. Lists

In lists of dead, injured, guests, etc., where the name of

the town from which the persons come or the place of residence is given,

separate the different names by semicolons.


Among those present were: Allen Rogers of

Las Vegas, N. M.; Orren Thomas of Benton, Mo.; Mr.

and Mrs. Henry Barnes of Sioux City, Ia.

=45. Athletic Results

In football, baseball, and similar athletic

results, use a semicolon to separate the names of the teams and their

scores: as, Cornell, 21; Syracuse, 14.

=46. Instead of Commas

A semicolon may be used instead of a comma

when a clause or sentence is so broken up by commas as to need some

other mark of punctuation to keep the larger phrase- and

clause-relations clear.

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