Sentence fragments and the semicolon


I learned that semicolons can only be used when each of the two clauses could stand alone as sentences. Since there are some cases (most people seems to agree) where an incomplete sentence, or sentence fragment, is acceptable as a sentence, could a semicolon be used to separate clauses that, on their own, would be incomplete (but acceptable) sentences?

semicolons asked Jun 10 '14 at 04:17 Heather Wilcox New member

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The key here is "most people seem to agree" that a fragment is a sentence. You are referring to informal communication. That is quite different than formal, proper writing. With informal speech, all sorts of rules are broken. If you want to write properly in a formal context, then do not use slang or any other improper constructions. When we talk, some words are often implied. We do not do that in formal writing.

link comment answered Jun 10 '14 at 10:45 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

We use semicolon to connect two closely related  independent clauses.

link comment answered Jun 10 '14 at 05:38 Sanjay Expert

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