Semicolon is a sign (;) used to separate independent parts of a sentence (clauses).

We are happy today; they are sad.
She studies French; I study Italian here.

Semicolon Rules

1. Semicolon is used to separate group of similar units.

The library has some rare books on the English language, French, Italian; history, political science, sociology; nuclear physics, mathematics and geology.
(sets of arts and science subjects separated by a semicolon)

2. Semicolon is used as a conjunction or connector in place of 'and, whereas, but, yet, for, therefore, so, resultantly, consequently, moreover, furthermore, etc.'

She is extremely beautiful; her heart is brighter, her mind is the brightest.
Dear you are to me, closer than many are you; yet I cannot help you against the interests of the motherland.
The leaders of the country excluding very few proved to be self seekers; they misgoverned; they acted dishonorably and immorally; they enriched themselves at the cost of the poor.

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