Tip #13: Learn To Use Semicolons…Or Don’t
Learn how to use a semicolon – or don’t. Semicolons are not that difficult to figure out, yet some people are strangely impressed when they see a student use a semicolon correctly. I therefore recommend that all writers learn the correct uses of semicolons and then employ them only when necessary. Don’t go crazy. Don’t look for chances to show off your punctuation skills. Most importantly, never use one when you are not sure about it. A misused semicolon does more damage than one properly placed does you good. Remember: semicolons are not really impressive – they are merely useful on occasion. Author Kurt Vonnegut felt even more strongly about this issue. He once wrote, “First rule: do not use semicolons…All they do is show you’ve been to college.”
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