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I am young; my father is old.
Rule #1: Use a semicolon between two independent clauses of a compound sentence when they are not joined by a coordinate conjunction.
I am not old; I am aged.
Rule #3: Use a semicolon before a conjunctive adverb that introduces a clause in a compound sentence.
I know you will be a great student, Pip; therefore, we will begin right away.
Rule #2: Use a semicolon between the two independent clauses of a compound sentence joined by a coordinate conjunction if commas are also used in the sentence.
Since you asked me, I will say; and I don't think Pip is doing well in his studies.
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