Quick Tip:
When Should You Use a Semicolon?

A semicolon (;) is used to join two independent clauses in one sentence. What that really means is that you then have two sentences melded into one.

For example: “I am sure you will enjoy Super-Forex; it’s a first-rate widget cleaner.”

When should you use a semicolon in your copy? Never!

There’s never a reason to use semicolons in promotional copy. When editing your work, if you’ve used a semicolon, get rid of it and make two shorter sentences out of the longer one.

“I am sure you will enjoy Super-Forex. It’s a first-rate widget cleaner.”

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Published: April 10, 2006

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