The Semicolon

The Semicolon : (;)

The Semicolon is used when a greater pause is required than is indicated by the Comma. Its chief uses are as follows.

(a) To separate constituent parts of a Double sentence from one another…

As Caesar loved me, I weep for him; as he was fortunate, I rejoice at it; as he was valiant, I honour him; but as he was ambitious, I slew him

(b) To separate a series of loosely connected clauses…

Reading maketh a full man; speaking a ready man; writing an exact man.

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