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Chapter 28. Mark Me: Punctuation > Hot Shot: The Semicolon - Pg. 326

Mark Me: Punctuation · Use a comma with names and titles. Example: Margery Brown, Ph.D. 326 Writer's Block Don't use a comma before the zip code in an address. · Use a comma between the day of the month and the year. Example: July 4, 1776 · Use commas to show thousands, millions, and so on. Examples: 1,000; 10,000; 100,000 Author! Author! Numbering systems throughout the world differ in the way they use punctuation. Some numbering systems use a period to mark a division of thousands, so ten thousand would be written 10.000. In the United States, commas are used to mark divisions of thousands. As you can tell, the comma is a very handy mark of punctuation. However, that doesn't give you permission to sprinkle it willy-nilly throughout your writing. Instead, use the comma where it's needed --and nowhere else. Hot Shot: The Semicolon Now what about the semicolon? Many people are confused--even scared--about using the semi- colon. Fortunately, the semicolon is actually an easy mark of punctuation to use--and a surprisingly useful one. A semicolon has two primary uses: to separate two complete sentences ("independent clauses") whose ideas are closely related or to separate clauses that contain a comma. Let's look at each use more closely. · Use a semicolon between closely related independent clauses. Examples: Never raise your hands to your kids; it leaves your groin unprotected. (Red Buttons) Don't sweat the petty things; don't pet the sweaty things. · Use a semicolon to join independent clauses when one or both clauses contain a comma.