Using the semicolon to power your writing

The semicolon is in your tool box of punctuation: use it to improve the power of your writing.

It is heavier than a comma and lighter than a full stop.

Here is one way to use it:

As a divider in lists which are long and complex: “Three of them went on the picnic: Richard, who hated wasps; Judith, his sister, who was frightened of bees; and Michael who loathed worms.”

The semicolon here helps to distinguish between the three parts of the list and the descriptions of each member.

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