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What is a semi-colon ? A semi-colon is often used in much the same way a comma is used, but it is a slightly stronger mark of punctuation. It can mean a pause that is longer, closer to being a full stop. There are three specific uses for the semi-colon: A semi-colon can be used to join two simple sentences ( independent clauses ) when there is no conjunction ( and , but , or , so , for , yet ). Usually a writer chooses to use a semi-colon here because the two sentences being joined are very closely related.
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Why do we need commas ? Wouldn't writing the English language be much easier without them? Maybe, but reading the English language would be much harder!