Why is the semicolon important?

1 Answer
Jul 25, 2016

The semicolon helps separate major sentence elements and also connects two sentences.


The semicolon is often seen in lists of items. For instance:

I've traveled to India; Japan; Mexico; France; and Italy this year.

You can use this when you need to avoid confusion when writing lists.

However, semicolons can be used in other ways. One of these ways is to connect two sentences closely related to each other. For instance:

He's always had a fear of tight spaces; he'd take the stairs over an elevator any day.

Semicolons can also be used with a transition to connect two related sentences. For instance:

She never was an adventurous person; however, her family had other plans.

Hope this helps! :)