(My free translation) This is an example of one of Mofolo's paragraph sentences which he breaks up with four semicolons
. For the sake of clarity I suggest we henceforth call them "semicolon
We might think that the differences of duration between, say, a semicolon
and colon, or even semicolon
and full stop, are so small as to be nugatory; but I believe that though the absolute difference between the marks might be small, the relative differences might matter a great deal, possessing significance disproportionate to their absolute values.
comma splice = independent clause + comma + independent clause In Standard American English, a comma is not the appropriate punctuation mark for this situation; the clauses should be separated by a period or joined by a semicolon
. It's true that we occasionally see comma splices in published writing.
ECONOMIC OFFICER WAY LON BIGGLES LOVES SEMICOLONS
; ITS HIS FAFORITE PUNCTUATION MARK.
Thank you for always knowing the correct place for a comma, footnote, or semicolon
. I would also like to thank Andy Dorchak, our incredibly helpful research librarian.
In other words, according to most schoolmasters studied, those punctuation marks considered of primary importance for the composition and reading of a text are the comma, the colon, the full stop, the note of admiration and the note of interrogation; some of them also include either the semicolon
(3) or the parenthesis, and other ones both.
In my industry, the semicolon
is the prince of punctuation.
All contestants must answer the following true-or-false question: "Half a colon is referred to by doctors as a 'semicolon
.'" (Made it, baby!)
Back at the office, he made a few calls--to writer Frank McCourt, to linguist Noam Chomsky, to Lynne Truss, the author of "Eats, Shoots & Leaves." The Google machine helped him turn up Famous Semicolon
Wielders in History.
Meanwhile, Truman Capote's comment that stylists obsess over "the placement [sic] of a comina, the weight of a semicolon
" (5) weighs quite differently in Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's Dictee, where literalized punctuation--marks are rendered as words--captures "the struggle for speech" that Cha's displaced protagonist must undergo (16).
In his chapter on the semicolon
, for example, he illustrates how it can "balance sentence length and rhythm."
Nor did I advocate 'losing, the semicolon
, merely moving it to a less-central position, e.g., swapping it with the comma or dot (period, full stop).