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Semicolons come halfway from a comma and stand far from being a full stop. Thus their work is neither completely identical with a comma nor with a full stop. Nevertheless, they are as significant as any other punctuation in the written mode of communication.
The meaning that the sentences aim to convey depends upon the sentence construction of which punctuations are vital. The entire colon family is quite significant in this aspect.
Writers must avoid using both conjunction and semicolon simultaneously in a sentence for the same purpose. Else, the sentence might be found to be erroneous and might not pass the sentence checkertest.
Since the semicolon identifies neither with the duty of a using a comma or a full stop, it has some separate function. Using a semicolon in a sentence indicates a longer pause than a comma. Still, it is less direct than a full stop.
Another work that is assigned to semicolons is to act as conjunction. Semicolon, like the conjunction, often joins two interrelated principal clauses. That means that the group of words before and after the semicolon is complete and can express a whole meaning.
Semicolons act as a coordinating conjunction. Conjunctions typically identify as being two types of coordinating conjunction and subordinating conjunction. While subordinating conjunction joins two relative clauses, one of which is dependent and the other independent, coordinating conjunction joins two independent clauses related to one another.
Sentence checker tools act as a device to identify grammatical errors, including misplaced punctuations. An erroneous content leads to the deduction of marks, and it affects the academic grades.
When to use a colon or semicolon, this question often baffles the writers. Colons are primarily used for two purposes: for lists and a quotation mark. Using colons in a sentence is about the position of placing the colon.
Ideally, it sits between the things that are referred to and the actual examples. It means the words following the colon further stresses whatever has been already conveyed by the group of words before the colon. For example: “It left us with only two choices: death or accepting defeat.”
It is advisable to use quotation marks while using the exact words of an author or a personality. A colon precedes this quotation mark. In a way, the colon introduces the quoted words in writing.
It also helps the students avoid plagiarism risks since the quotation is a part of the citation that enables them to use others’ content. For example, Grandmother told us: “Patience is a virtue.”
People use both colons and semicolons as connectors. How to distinguish when to use a colon as a connector and when to use a semicolon? If both the group of words before and after the connector is independent, we use a semicolon. Even one sentence before or after the connector does not make complete sense; one must replace the semicolon with a colon.
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