Semicolons, Colons, and Dashes
Semicolons can be used to join independent clauses and items in long lists, like this:
- Owen got to stay home from school; it was out of our hands after all the snow.
- When we buy a new car, it will be because our old car can no longer serve our purposes; because we found a new car for an incredible price; and because we think the new car will last us at least eight years.
- There is one thing wrong with the insurance industry: it puts profit above caring for customers.
- We need to watch out for three major threats to our economy: domestic terrorism, international terrorism, and destructive banking policies.
- When I saw the police officer, one thought came immediately to mind—I’m in serious trouble.
- I walked into the emergency room—calmly, I am proud to say—and told them my finger was in the cooler.