Wednesday, January 02, 2008

the semicolon

Here's a short and pithy article by Noah Lukeman on the use of the semicolon.


"The primary function of the semicolon is to connect two complete (thematically similar) sentences, thereby making them one. But when and how to do that is open to interpretation... The semicolon is a powerful tool in the writer’s arsenal. It is probably the most elegant of all forms of punctuation (it has been dubbed “a compliment from the writer to the reader”), and can offer an excellent solution to balancing sentence length and rhythm. Yet, ironically, it is often overlooked and underused by writers today."

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At 3:09 PM, Blogger Ann said...

Thanks for this, Linera. I am a great fan of the semicolon; I overuse it, if anything.

 
At 1:23 PM, Blogger Ms. Theologian said...

Love the semicolon! It also raises the reading level of a passage by lengthening the sentence....useful in my work for that function.

 

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