How to use semi-colon in a sentence?

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She is a genius; I like her.  Can (;) instead of (and) in this sentence?

She is a genius; she is impolite.  Can (;) instead of (but) in this sentence?

When should we use (;) in a sentence appropriately? Thanks!

asked Apr 18 '13 at 07:06 Elsa Chui New member

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In both of your examples, you have two independent clauses, which means they can stand alone as complete sentences. The rules for joining independent clauses say that they can be joined with a coordinating conjunction (and, but, for, nor, or, so, and yet) followed by a comma or by a semicolon by itself. Using a semicolon is not as common as the conjunction and comma but is correct. It doesn't read as smoothly as the conjunction and comma, but it can be effective when used properly, but don't overuse it.

link comment answered Apr 18 '13 at 12:59 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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