Sorry I was late; I had to catch up on some work. - Rule #1: Use a semicolon between two independent clauses of a compound sentence when they are not joined by a coordinate conjunction.
"You are a regular cross-examiner; nevertheless, here we are at Barnard's Inn." -Rule #3: Use a semicolon before a conjunctive adverb that introduces a clause in a compound sentence.
Because Herbert is absent, he will be catching up; but, he will be here soon to show you your room. -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.
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