The Mysterious Semicolon

The thought of using the semicolon strikes fear in the hearts of many. Okay, maybe it’s not quite so dramatic, but people tend to either use it incorrectly, or simply avoid using it altogether. However, the mysterious semicolon is really quite simple. It separates two independent clauses that are related to each other.

Semicolons are particularly useful for combining sentences when you have lots of short ones and need to mix it up a bit. Just remember, the two clauses of your sentence must be related to each other, and each should have the ability to stand on its own as a complete sentence. So be brave; use the semicolon!