Semicolon examples

The following examples show a semicolon used to separate two sentences that are related but grammatically independent:

Richard likes cake; Susan likes salad.

Bill was going bald; his hair was falling out.

I didn’t see the step; I’ve now got a bandage on my head.

The semicolon can be used like a comma in lists of items, especially when the list is complicated:

She planned to visit five locations: Soho, London; Brighton & Hove; New York, Mumbai and Hong Kong.

To play the piano well you need: a strong pair of hands; the ability to read music; and a certain passion to perform.

Learn more about using the semicolon.


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9 Responses to Semicolon examples

  1. Steve says:

    Some magnificent examples of surely the most beautiful of all punctuation marks. It’s difficult not to feel humbled, even ashamed, for having the privilege to read such sublime punctuation.

  2. Kelly says:

    Actually, in the last example a colon should first be used to introduce the list. The semicolon can then be used to separate list items.

  3. Alenazi says:

    Hi Guys, i’m having a university exams this second semester. And my book methodology of research includes the punctuations marks. Colon, semi colon, parenthesis, dash…etc.

    Enrich me with needed clear marks of these.
    And thanx :)

  4. Tim says:

    int main(void)
    int x, y;
    x = 1; y = 2; // Two statements are separated by the semicolon
    std::cout << x << std::endl;

    while (wait_event()) ;

    return 0;

    • Tim says:

      (my name is actually tim) Depending on what language you are using, semicolons will be used at the end of each line

  5. Luis231 says:

    Thanks for helping me with my homework

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