Colon vs Semi-Colon


Should I use a colon or semi-colon?

See example:

Countries are agitating for trade wars, cheap shale gas is calling into question the need for renewable energy, bankrupt companies litter the investment landscape, and oversupply issues plague the industry.
asked Nov 12 '13 at 15:53 Peter Pulikkan New member

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Like Patty, I know of no specific rule for the use of multiple semi-colons. But we can interpolate from the guidance given for single semi-colons. Most editorial guides (for formal writing) discourage semi-colons. For instances, the Chicago Manual of Style suggests that semi-colons be used sparingly ... to link two short but closely related independent clauses.  Taking that advise (for formal writing), we would not use multiple semi-colons in the same sentence.

link comment answered Nov 12 '13 at 18:53 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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