Half-full-stop. Joining two sentences
Secondary to terminating statements in C-style languages, the purpose of a semicolon is to join sentences tighter than full stops:
- The two parts must be full sentences in their own right.
- There must be some gain or emphasis in meaning from the tighter connection.
- There mustn’t be any conjunctiony words. No buts. Our semicolon is the conjunction.
- They should be of equalish importance. (Otherwise a parenthetical5 would be more appropriate).
Super-comma. Disambiguating list separators
If you have a list whose items contain commas then you need something other than a comma to break it up.
e.g. Wellington, New Zealand; London, England; and Krögis, Germany.
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