The semicolon. The cause of angst, confusion and sometimes argument. Most easily described as punctuation used when the writer could have ended the sentence but decided not too and added on a bit more. It is best used when linking two thoughts in one sentence:
My party is tonight, and time is running out; I am stressing out.
Here is another twist: Should you use a capital letter after a semicolon? Usually no, unless the first word after the semicolon is a proper noun:
Let’s skip going out for lunch today; Fridays are crazy at McGeary’s.
Avoid run on sentences and use your new friend, the semicolon. If you think you are ready, next time we can look at colons and dashes!
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