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Crazy Eddie BS: Grammar: Use of the semi colon (75* d) RE: BS: Grammar: Use of the semi colon 05 Feb 02

Thanks Jim, for the reply. The trouble is, if you haven't been formally taught these rules, the more subtle ones are not so easy to pick up.

Dicho, you say:
"Crazy Eddie, your sentence with the semicolon makes me pause fractionally; if you placed a comma there, the tendency is to race on and perhaps lose some of the meaning."
Surely the comma should make you pause; if I wanted you to race on, I wouldn't have used a punctuation mark!

Is it a question of degree in a case like this?

(I've used a semicolon above. I could have used a full-stop, (or a query) but I think the semicolon makes the connection between the clauses clearer. Is this usage correct?

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