Around here, we don’t use semi­colons much. Their main val­ue is to clar­i­fy a list with­in a sen­tence that already has mul­ti­ple com­mas. But since we strive to be con­ver­sa­tion­al and con­cise, it’s prob­a­bly a bet­ter idea to rephrase.

They can also be used to con­nect two relat­ed, com­plete thoughts. But styl­is­ti­cal­ly, we pre­fer using an em dash for that purpose.

Last Updated: 19 May 2020 at 3:37pm CDT