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22
May
5 Writing Mishaps to Avoid in Business Writing
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  • http://www.energymatch.ca/ Ekaterina

    Using semicolons in this list (“She needed pencils; pens; and paper”) is weird. Do native English speakers write like that?

  • Jessica

    Yes! I’ve seen that odd writing practice many times. It is incorrect to use semicolons this way. As a rule, semicolons separate two phrases that could both stand alone as a sentence (i.e., each has at least a subject and a verb).

  • http://www.energymatch.ca/ Ekaterina

    In Russian, we have the same rule, “semicolons separate two phrases that could both stand alone as a sentence.”

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