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Using semi-colons and conjunctions

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saucetastic · 24/10/2010 15:22

So can I use semi-colons and conjunctions together?

I was taught not to, however I have a sentence that would visually make more sense if i used a semi-colon and then an 'and'.

Tell me there are exceptions; it will make my life much easier. //hsmile

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saucetastic · 24/10/2010 15:23

no, that was not supposed to be a link

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MrsColumbo · 24/10/2010 15:47

You can use a semi-colon and a connective if you are using the semi-colon to separate longer explanations as part of a list, IYSWIM, e.g. I looked out of the window and saw leaves swirling around; a squirrel faling out of a tree; and a drunken man lying comatose on his front lawn.
Generally, you would also use a semi-colon before 'however' because you are going on to explain the first part of the sentence i.e. I was taught not to; however, I have a sentence...
Hope you don't mind me using yours as the example, but I hope it helps to illustrate the point! Can I just say how chuffed I am that people actually give a shit about using semi-colons! (shuffles back to the Home for the Chronically Sad and Pedantic on her zimmer frame made from apostrophes)

MrsColumbo · 24/10/2010 15:48

falling ffs

saggarmakersbottomknocker · 24/10/2010 15:53

I use semi-colons in an extremely random fashion; I like to annoy the pedants.


saucetastic · 24/10/2010 15:56

Well I'm glad it brought a smile to your face! And hugely relieved that you answered my question so quickly and clearly. Thank you!

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saucetastic · 24/10/2010 15:57

Haha saggar. No doubt, I've caused a fair few twitches in my time!

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MrsColumbo · 24/10/2010 15:57

Yeah, I did go on a bit there! Smile

saucetastic · 24/10/2010 16:27

But this is Pedants corner. And Pedants have a certain reputation to uphold! Don't want standards slipping.

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MrsColumbo · 24/10/2010 16:40


jkklpu · 05/11/2010 20:44

Portuguese is a language made for semi-colon worshippers, I've learned: the sentences are so long that they are crying out for punctuation and semi-colons tends to be the fallback.

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