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Grammar and Punctuation

LO: I can use semi-colons to separate two main clauses that are closely related.

Last week, our punctuation focus was all about using COLONS correctly in our writing. This week, we shall focus on using SEMI-COLONS. Watch the video clip to find out how to use a semi-colon to separate two main clauses that are closely related.Then, complete the quick quiz to check your understanding.

If you are feeling confident about using semi-colons to separate independent clauses that are closely linked, scroll through the power point below, to learn about two other ways in which we can use semi-colons in our writing:

  • before conjunctive adverbs (eg. however, nevertheless)
  • to separate long items in a list.

In this power point, you can also revise your understanding of colons too!