Scene at Barnard's Inn
Rule #1: Use a semicolon between two independent clauses of a compound sentence when they are not joined by a coordinate conjunction.
I wonder where Pip considers his dining tonight; I should go to the Barnard's Inn to find him.
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.
I understand, my dear. He shall be here soon enough.
Since we have been waiting, I am curious to know where Pip is; and I would like to know now.
Rule #3: Use a semicolon before a conjunctive adverb that introduces a clause in a compound sentence.
We have been waiting for you, Pip, forever; Nevertheless, tell me where have you been?
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