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Semicolons

Basic semicolon examples

Effect; explanation.

This next snippet is another example of using a semicolon to explain a statement.

In this case, the impact is increased because the explanation is kept short and punchy compared to the main statement.

What the reporter wrote influenced what people thought about and talked about the next day; he knew what was really going on.

What Randy wrote on Facebook got nearly all the Erinsborough parents angry; they thought he was being mean.

Whenever the principal visited the classroom, kids shut up and got straight to work; everyone was terrified of the man.

His sidewalk paintings brought tourists from as far as Kensington and Manly; they were famous for their beauty.