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· Matters of the Heart

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· Let Her Dream

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· The Early Years Chapter 2

· The Early Years Chapter 1

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· The Newlyweds Chapter 18

· The Newlyweds Chapter 17

· Former Lovington Schools superintendent inducted into NMAA hall of fame

· Don Haskins: A Piece of Reporter's Past Dies

· NMJC graduation: Sibling success story

· Mexican native achieves goal of U.S. citizenship

· Drawing animated figures second nature for student

· Rising Gas Prices Cause Increase in Online Enrollment

· Dean doubles as climbing and rappelling teacher

· Bullying: Hobbs Schools consider anti-bullying policy

· Man captured in 26-hour standoff

· Navajo jewelry

· Duck Crossing

· Roam Free

· Nature's Course

· Wintry Trees and Fountain

· Childlike Enthusiasm

· A Garden Path

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Semicolons Should Be Banned?
5/16/2007 7:30:24 PM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]

I personally think this is really funny, but I work for a newspaper editor and assistant editor who happen to think using semicolons is absolutely pointless. I have a fellow reporter who agrees with this.

For those who don't know semicolons are used in place of and, but or or is omitted in between two compound sentences or in a list when commas are already used.

According to my editors and coworker, semicolons should only be used in a list when commas are already used.

What makes this funny is my husband thinks semicolons are used by writers to get away with a run-on sentence.

I personally can't figure out why my editors are **so** bothered by the use of semicolons outside lists. I mean, my editor has gone so far as to prohibit the use of semicolons outside of lists where commas are already used, even though it's grammatically correct to use them when conjunctions are omitted.

If they feel semicolons shouldn't be used, I must wonder why we teach our children to use semicolons. Or would we just be better not to teach children about semicolons all togehter?

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More Blogs by Marie Wadsworth
• Fan Fiction: Last of the Jedi - Tuesday, August 07, 2007
• Fan Fiction: Last of the Jedi - Tuesday, August 07, 2007
• Fan Fiction: Why Can't I Find a Super Man? - Tuesday, August 07, 2007
• Trapped By Addiction - Sunday, July 29, 2007
• Contractions Don't Exist - Wednesday, May 16, 2007
•  Semicolons Should Be Banned? - Wednesday, May 16, 2007  
• Writing Becoming a Lost Art? - Wednesday, May 16, 2007
• Copyrighting - Friday, October 17, 2003
• Writers Beware! - Saturday, September 06, 2003

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