# The Semicolon as a Connector Lesson 11 Joseph C. Blumenthal.

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The Semicolon as a Connector Lesson 11 Joseph C. Blumenthal

We have seen that two similar or related sentences that are equal in importance can be combined into a compound sentence by using the _________ and, but, or or.

We have seen that two similar or related sentences that are equal in importance can be combined into a compound sentence by using the conjunction and, but, or or.

Another useful device for holding two sentences together is the semicolon (;). In many compound sentences, we can use a semicolon in place of the conjunction. The ceiling was low, and all planes were grounded. The ceiling was low; all the planes were grounded. The semicolon replaces the conjunction ____.

Another useful device for holding two sentences together is the semicolon (;). In many compound sentences, we can use a semicolon in place of the conjunction. The ceiling was low, and all planes were grounded. The ceiling was low; all the planes were grounded. The semicolon replaces the conjunction _and__.

The ceiling was low; all the planes were grounded. After the semicolon, the compound sentence continues with a (small, capital) letter.

The ceiling was low; all the planes were grounded. small After the semicolon, the compound sentence continues with a (small, capital) letter.

The committee discussed the problem. But they reached no conclusions. The committee discussed the problem; they reached no conclusions. The semicolon replaces the conjunction ____.

The committee discussed the problem. But they reached no conclusions. The committee discussed the problem; they reached no conclusions. The semicolon replaces the conjunction but.

The deadline was rapidly approaching; we worked furiously to meet it. In this sentence, the semicolon replaces the conjunction _____.

The deadline was rapidly approaching; we worked furiously to meet it. In this sentence, the semicolon replaces the conjunction and or so.

I could see them; they couldn’t see me. In this sentence, the semicolon replaces the conjunction ______.

I could see them; they couldn’t see me. In this sentence, the semicolon replaces the conjunction _but__.

The bottle should be tightly closed; the perfume will evaporate. In this sentence, the semicolon replaces the conjunction ____.

The bottle should be tightly closed; the perfume will evaporate. In this sentence, the semicolon replaces the conjunction _or_.

a.Doris had made up her mind; nothing could change it. b.Virginia didn’t vote; she couldn’t make up her mind. In which sentence does the semicolon take the place of because? (a,b) A semicolon can also take the place of because, which is not a regular conjunction such as and, but, or or.

a.Doris had made up her mind; nothing could change it. b.Virginia didn’t vote; she couldn’t make up her mind. In which sentence does the semicolon take the place of because? (a,b) A semicolon can also take the place of because, which is not a regular conjunction such as and, but, or or.

a.The child fell asleep; she was tired out from playing. b.We listened very carefully; we could hear nothing. In which sentence does the semicolon take the place of because? (a,b)

a.The child fell asleep; she was tired out from playing. b.We listened very carefully; we could hear nothing. In which sentence does the semicolon take the place of because? (a,b)

a.Few people attended the game because of the bad weather. b.Paula didn’t worry because she was well- prepared for the test. In which sentence could the semicolon take the place of because? (a,b)

a.Few people attended the game because of the bad weather. b.Paula didn’t worry; she was well-prepared for the test. In which sentence could the semicolon take the place of because? (a,b)

We can contribute two simple sentences into a compound sentence by using either a conjunction or a _______.

We can contribute two simple sentences into a compound sentence by using either a conjunction or a semicolon.

When might we use a semicolon in preference to a conjunction? If there are too many and’’s in a sentence, we may get rid of one by substituting a semicolon. The patient asked for steak and potatoes, and the doctors and nurses were astonished. How many and’s are there in this sentence? ________

When might we use a semicolon in preference to a conjunction? If there are too many and’’s in a sentence, we may get rid of one by substituting a semicolon. The patient asked for steak and potatoes, and the doctors and nurses were astonished. How many and’s are there in this sentence? _three__

The patient asked for steak and potatoes, and the doctors and nurses were astonished. To get rid of one of the three and’s, we can substitute a semicolon for the and which follows the word ______.

The patient asked for steak and potatoes, and the doctors and nurses were astonished. To get rid of one of the three and’s, we can substitute a semicolon for the and which follows the word potatoes.

The weather was hot and sticky, and the boys and girls were listless. To get rid of one of the three and’s, we can substitute a semicolon for the and which follows the word _____.

The weather was hot and sticky, and the boys and girls were listless. To get rid of one of the three and’s, we can substitute a semicolon for the and which follows the word sticky.

The gold and the silver finally gave out, and many miners settled down and became farmers. To get rid of one of the three and’s, we can substitute a semicolon for the and which follows the word _____.

The gold and the silver finally gave out, and many miners settled down and became farmers. To get rid of one of the three and’s, we can substitute a semicolon for the and which follows the word _out_.

a.You need your school, and your school needs you. b.You need your school; your school needs you. Which sentence is more brisk and forceful? (a,b) If you have a good ear for the sound of sentences, you have noticed that a semicolon produces a quicker, brisker rhythm than a conjunction.

a.You need your school, and your school needs you. b.You need your school; your school needs you. Which sentence is more brisk and forceful? (a,b) If you have a good ear for the sound of sentences, you have noticed that a semicolon produces a quicker, brisker rhythm than a conjunction.

a.You can sell your home; you can’t sell rent receipts. b.You can sell your home, but you can’t sell rent receipts. Which sentence is more brisk and forceful? (a,b)

a.You can sell your home; you can’t sell rent receipts. b.You can sell your home, but you can’t sell rent receipts. Which sentence is more brisk and forceful? (a,b)

a.Clyde sat right in front of me, and we soon became close friends. b.The brakes failed, and the car crashed into the truck. In which sentence is the action more exciting? (a,b)

a.Clyde sat right in front of me, and we soon became close friends. b.The brakes failed, and the car crashed into the truck. In which sentence is the action more exciting? (a,b)

a.Clyde sat right in front of me, and we soon became close friends. b.The brakes failed, and the car crashed into the truck. Which sentence, because of its more exciting action, would benefit more from the brisk effect of a semicolon? (a,b)

a.Clyde sat right in front of me, and we soon became close friends. b.The brakes failed, and the car crashed into the truck. Which sentence, because of its more exciting action, would benefit more from the brisk effect of a semicolon? (a,b)

a.The strike was called, and five thousand workers laid down their tools. b.The game was very slow, and many fans left the stadium. In which sentence would the use of a semicolon reinforce the excitement of the action? (a,b)

a.The strike was called, and five thousand workers laid down their tools. b.The game was very slow, and many fans left the stadium. In which sentence would the use of a semicolon reinforce the excitement of the action? (a,b)

a.Bea shook the branches, the apples came tumbling down. b.Bea shook the branches; the apples came tumbling down. Which sentence is correctly punctuated? (a,b) Don’t use a comma without a conjunction to connect sentences. Only a semicolon has the power to hold two sentences together without the help of and, but, or or.

a.Bea shook the branches, the apples came tumbling down. b.Bea shook the branches; the apples came tumbling down. Which sentence is correctly punctuated? (a,b) Don’t use a comma without a conjunction to connect sentences. Only a semicolon has the power to hold two sentences together without the help of and, but, or or.

a.The weather was wet, and the field was muddy. b.The weather was wet, the field was muddy. In which sentence is the comma correctly used? (a,b)

a.The weather was wet, and the field was muddy. b.The weather was wet, the field was muddy. In which sentence is the comma correctly used? (a,b)

a.The weather was wet, and the field was muddy. b.The weather was wet, the field was muddy. Which sentence is correctly punctuated? (a,b)

a.The weather was wet, and the field was muddy. b.The weather was wet, the field was muddy. Which sentence is correctly punctuated? (a,b)

If you omit the conjunction from a compound sentence. Put a (comma, semicolon) in its place.

There are a number of adverbs that are sometimes mistaken for conjunctions. ADVERBS: howeverotherwisenevertheless therefore consequentlyfurthermore Since these words are adverbs, they do not have the power of _________ to combine sentences.

There are a number of adverbs that are sometimes mistaken for conjunctions. ADVERBS: howeverotherwisenevertheless therefore consequentlyfurthermore Since these words are adverbs, they do not have the power of conjunctions to combine sentences.

a.The air is humid, therefore the paint dries slowly. b.The air is humid, and therefore the paint dries slowly. Which sentence is incorrect because there is no conjunction to connect its two parts? (a,b)

a.The air is humid, therefore the paint dries slowly. b.The air is humid, and therefore the paint dries slowly. Which sentence is incorrect because there is no conjunction to connect its two parts? (a,b)

The air is humid, and therefore the paint dries slowly. The word therefore is not a conjunction and has no connecting power. For this reason, we need to use the conjunction ____ in this sentence.

The air is humid, and therefore the paint dries slowly. The word therefore is not a conjunction and has no connecting power. For this reason, we need to use the conjunction _and_ in this sentence.

The air is humid; therefore the paint dries slowly. This sentence is correct because a semicolon has the power of a _________ to connect the two parts of a compound sentence.

The air is humid; therefore the paint dries slowly. This sentence is correct because a semicolon has the power of a conjunction to connect the two parts of a compound sentence.

a.It rained all day, nevertheless everyone had a good time. b.It rained all day, but everyone had a good time. Which sentence is correct because its two parts are connected by a conjunction. (a,b)

a.It rained all day, nevertheless everyone had a good time. b.It rained all day, but everyone had a good time. Which sentence is correct because its two parts are connected by a conjunction. (a,b)

a.It rained all day, nevertheless everyone had a good time. b.It rained all day, but everyone had a good time. Which sentence is correctly punctuated. (a,b)

a.It rained all day, nevertheless everyone had a good time. b.It rained all day, but everyone had a good time. Which sentence is correctly punctuated. (a,b)

a.Our team was overconfident; consequently we lost. b.Our team was overconfident, and consequently we lost. c.Our team was overconfident, consequently we lost. Which one of these sentences is incorrectly punctuated? (a,b,c)

a.Our team was overconfident; consequently we lost. b.Our team was overconfident, and consequently we lost. c.Our team was overconfident, consequently we lost. Which one of these sentences is incorrectly punctuated? (a,b,c)

ADVERBS: Howeverotherwisenevertheless Thereforeconsequentlyfurthermore It is equally correct to start a new sentence with one of these adverbs. Many writers prefer to do so. Our team was overconfident. Consequently we lost. This sentence is (correct, incorrect).

ADVERBS: Howeverotherwisenevertheless Thereforeconsequentlyfurthermore It is equally correct to start a new sentence with one of these adverbs. Many writers prefer to do so. Our team was overconfident. Consequently we lost. This sentence is (correct, incorrect).

a.I lost my car keys; I would have driven. b.I lost my car keys, otherwise I would have driven. c.I lost my car keys. Otherwise I would have driven. Which one of these three sentences is incorrectly punctuated? (a,b,c)

a.I lost my car keys; I would have driven. b.I lost my car keys, otherwise I would have driven. c.I lost my car keys. Otherwise I would have driven. Which one of these three sentences is incorrectly punctuated? (a,b,c)

a.Education must include the whole person; otherwise it is not true education. b.Education must include the whole person. Otherwise it is not true education. Both a and b are correct. (true, false)

a.Education must include the whole person; otherwise it is not true education. b.Education must include the whole person. Otherwise it is not true education. Both a and b are correct. (true, false)

a.Education must include the whole person; otherwise it is not true education. b.Education must include the whole person. Otherwise it is not true education. Both a and b are correct. (true, false)

The field was muddy it didn’t stop the Rangers. comma semicolon Write if each sentence needs a comma to go with its conjunction or if it needs just a semicolon. 1. Comma or semicolon?

The wise are so uncertain the ignorant are so positive. comma semicolon Write if each sentence needs a comma to go with its conjunction or if it needs just a semicolon. 2. Comma or semicolon?

There are thirteen dogs on our block and all of them seemed to be barking at once. comma semicolon Write if each sentence needs a comma to go with its conjunction or if it needs just a semicolon. 3. Comma or semicolon?

Much of the soil is poor consequently the Japanese farmer depends greatly upon fertilizers. comma semicolon Write if each sentence needs a comma to go with its conjunction or if it needs just a semicolon. 4. Comma or semicolon?

Mrs. Merrill may be old however, she is not old- fashioned. comma semicolon Write if each sentence needs a comma to go with its conjunction or if it needs just a semicolon. 5. Comma or semicolon?

Fruit trees must be sprayed at the right time or the fruit will be wormy. comma semicolon Write if each sentence needs a comma to go with its conjunction or if it needs just a semicolon. 6. Comma or semicolon?

Fruit trees must be sprayed at the right time otherwise the fruit will be wormy. comma semicolon Write if each sentence needs a comma to go with its conjunction or if it needs just a semicolon. 7. Comma or semicolon?

Before reading Jaws I never thought about sharks after reading Jaws I worried about sharks every summer. comma semicolon Write if each sentence needs a comma to go with its conjunction or if it needs just a semicolon. 8. Comma or semicolon?

Athletics keep a person physically fit and furthermore they develop a sense of teamwork. comma semicolon Write if each sentence needs a comma to go with its conjunction or if it needs just a semicolon. 9. Comma or semicolon?

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