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Semicolons, to me are very confusing. Thus, I rarely ever use them.

I've searched the internet for examples to avoid asking a probably, very repetitive question on this board, but can you guys write me a few sentences to show how a semicolon is used?

A few examples would help a lot.

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Okay, after seeing something on this site I see that Semi-Colon's are used to connect related sentences (thoughts), or something. I knew this already, but I saw like one good example.

Can semi colons be used in a long sentence, where you already have many commas but you don't want to stop the sentence with a "."?

I am thinking this can't be done.
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Hi Wushu, This should help a bit: Semicolon, Comma, Colon

Always avoid sentences that are tooooooo long; it just doesn't look good!
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Yes, I saw that previously. I just wanted to double check. I find my self in more situations that aren't shown, where I wonder if I should use a semi colon or not.

How about this sentence:

"Here it is; solid proof that dogs are better than cats."
I would use a comma on that one, since the "solid proof" part doesn't stand on it's own.

In other words, if you can't use a period (full stop) then you can't use a semi-colon.

There is one exception that I can think of (and I think you mentioned it): In lists where any element has a comma, you can use a semi-colon to offset the elements.

I bought the A, B, and C; the D; and the E.

As far as colons go, what's on the left must be gramatically complete. What's on the right is a definition of what's on the left.

See this site for a few examples (and examples of colons too):

http://www.grammartips.homestead.com/colons.html
"As far as colons go, what's on the left must be gramatically complete. What's on the right is a definition of what's on the left. "

Thanks!

That is the kind of thing I can easily remember when writing timed essays!
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