Phrases and clauses are essential to the English language. English would not be what it is today without phrases and clauses. Clauses can be a complete thought or an incomplete one, and a phrase can be a part of a clause.
Semicolons and Colons
semicolons are used when separating two independent clauses with a pause. It is not the same thing as a comma. However colons are used in a different way, colons are used normally when you are listing things.
dependent and independent clauses
A dependent clause is an incomplete thought or action,unlike an independent clause which is a complete thought and is also a complete sentence. Dependent clauses rely on independent clauses to make the sentences since sentence cannot be made up of just an independent clause.
A subordinating conjunction introduces a subordinating clause.You need a subordinating conjunction when creating a complex sentence, as every complex sentence has to have one . It seperates a dependent clause and a independent clause.
The food from this store sucks, although it was the cheapest in town.Even though Johns family complains about the food. he still comes back to this store every week. John hated this food, even as he tried to convince his kids it wasn't that bad. His wife left him because e wouldn't buy better food, nevertheless John kept going to that store. Although he was sad when his side chick got fired from the store. he still went there every week.
Colons are used when listing something. An example of using a colon would be in this sentence,"I need the following when i go to the store today: ham,cheese,bread,and milk."
Using colons and semicolons
Semicolons are used when separating two independent clauses with a pause . An example of a sentence to use a semicolon would be this one,"Freds was a nice grocery store; They sell lots of useful house cleaning items."