0008 Understand and Apply Knowledge of Mechanical Conventions in Edited English in the United States
Recognize Instances in which Incorrect or Extraneous Punctuation Has Been Used or Necessary Punctuation Has Been Omitted
Use a semicolon in the following situations:
- Between parts of sentences which already contain commas
Example: The starting lineup includes Mary Gardner, forward; Jean Phillips, center; and Helen Weaver, guard.
- Between independent clauses if either clause contains other commas.
Example: She is a beautiful, talented, young woman; but she will have trouble getting to Hollywood, New York, or Boston because of her attitude.
- Between independent clauses joined by a conjunctive adverb such as however, therefore, moreover, furthermore, consequently, or on the other hand
Example: The test began on time; however, we were late getting out of class