Expressive Punctuation: Semicolons

Basic semicolon examples

Another statement; explanation.

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

Notice how the explanation is kept short and punchy.

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

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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.

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