Great Expectations examples of Semi-colon rules
Rule #3: Use a semicolon before a conjunctive adverb that introduces a clause in a compound sentence.
I was expecting to meet a stranger by the name of Herbert Pocket; instead, it is the young man I had met before!
Rule #1: Use a semicolon between two independent clauses of a compound sentence when they are not joined by a coordinate conjunction.
This was unexpected; Mr. Jaggers is frightening in court!
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.
How weird, Wemmick is blunt at the office; but he's more cheerful at home. Almost like he is a completely different person.
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