Writing Practice

Below are correctly punctuated sentences. Where appropriate, combine or recombine independent clauses using the semicolon.

                NOTE: Do not bother with sentences that cannot be sensibly combined:
                "Phyllis Diller is a very accomplished woman. She's from Lima, Ohio."
                In the answer box, write "illogical."

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How to Use Semicolons between Sentences

The principal use of the semicolon is to join independent clauses which are not combined with a conjunction. The semicolon indicates that the thoughts are logically related but does not specify the nature of the relationship:

      I don't trust her; she has lied before. (Cause & effect)
      I hope you're feeling better; you don't look well. (Opposition of ideas)