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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Grammar in Action -- Semicolons In Use

As Mandi pointed out earlier, one of the most common uses of the semicolon is to join two independent clauses when they are joined with a conjunctive adverb to show the relationship between the two clauses.

I wanted to buy a new computer; therefore, I started researching the new computers on the market.

I was going to work tonight; however, I slammed my finger in the door, which makes it difficult to type.