Use the Semicolon to Join Two Ideas

When it comes to a list of grammar rules, you have to include the scariest of punctuation marks. It might look funny, but don’t be afraid of the semicolon; it’s the easiest thing in the world to use! Say you want to join two ideas but can’t figure out or can’t be bothered to use a coordinating conjunction. The two ideas can be separate sentences, but you think that they are so closely connected; they really should be one. Use a semicolon.

Sample Sentence.

  • Mark’s dog is hyperactive; it won’t stop barking or sit still.

  • Her heart is like a cup of Lapsang Souchong tea; it’s bitter and smoky.

  • Mark must walk his dog three times every day; it is a rather large Rhodesian Ridgeback.