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Rule #1: Use a semicolon between two independent clauses of a compound sentence when they are not joined by a coordinate conjunction.
Is this how you hold a baby?
Everyone at Hammersmith stared in horror; they realized Mrs. Pocket didn't know how to hold a baby!
Rule #3: Use a semicolon before a conjunctive adverb that introduces a clause in a compound sentence.
I'm sorry I'm late; however, I brought strawberries!
Why thank you! I felt so lonely at Barnard's Inn!
Rule #4: Use a semicolon to separate phrases or clauses of equal rank which contain commas. The semicolon in such sentences brings clarity of meaning.
This is Walworth, my house; and The Aged, my father.
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