A Great Tip for Using the Semicolon

I caught a lovely grammar mnemonic the other day from “The Grammar Bible” by Michael Strumpf and Auriel Douglas.

Say the authors. Want to remember how to use the semicolon as a joiner? Think of it this way:

The dot above indicates the end of a main clause. The comma below indicates that what follows is specifically related to the first.

Now they admit, “Whether it’s based on historical fact is up for grabs but it works!”

I heartily agree; it’s so simple. Enjoy.

Stumpf, M. and Doulgas, A. (2004) The Grammar Bible. New York, St. Martin’s Press.