0011 Apply Knowledge of Mechanical Conventions in Standard English
Identify and Correct Examples in which Incorrect or Extraneous Punctuation has been Used
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.