This is a challenge from The Oatmeal, one of the best creative sites I’ve seen in a while.
The little punctuation mark only wants to make your life easier. To start using it correctly, take a look at this handy infographic from The Oatmeal. Before you know it, you’ll be using semicolons left and right. Correctly, of course.
Here are a few pointers to get you started:
- Semicolons link two independent clauses. Each clause should be able to exist by itself as a complete sentence.
- Don’t use a semicolon with a conjunction.
- Semicolons signal you to pause. Pause longer than you would with a comma, but not as long as you would with a period.
- Use semicolons if you are making a list of items separated by commas.