What Is a Semicolon?
Semicolons (;) are as basic as a period stacked on top of a comma. Does that mean you can use it like either one? Don’t get your hopes up. But don’t let this punctuation mark get you down, either. After all, that sly emoticon winky eye can’t be all bad. 😉
How to Use a Semicolon Correctly
The most common use of the semicolon is to join two independent clauses without using a conjunction like and.