Editing for Grammarphobes: Semicolons

Posted by KAREN WOJCIK BERNER



Semicolons are used when joining two complete, but related, sentences. 


Example:


Jane Austen’s novels are wonderful; they are filled with witty observations and colorful characters.


Each of these sentences could stand alone, using a period instead of a semi-colon. This would be correct as well.




Grammar Questions?


Do you have persistent grammar issues? Can’t remember where the comma goes or how to punctuate dialogue? E-mail your questions to me at karen@karenberner.com, and I will answer them as part of “Editing for Grammarphobes.” Thanks.

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