If you have a continuous list of cities, followed by their corresponding states, such as Chicago, Illinois, Dallas, Texas, Appleton, Wisconsin, what would be the right way to separate them?
Sometimes, you need to make a list of items or phrases separated by commas, but when these items also include commas, the correct way to separate the items is by using semicolons. See the examples below:
These cities are included in the question: Chicago, Illinois; Dallas, Texas; and Appleton, Wisconsin.
He enjoyed three things in life: fighting, or trying to fight as best he could; petting nice dogs, when he could find a dog to pet, that is; and solving math problems.
You can see that in the above examples, the semicolon replaces the commas needed for making a list. It's important to remember that this method should only be used when the items you are trying to separate already include commas.