This week, Sherlock Holmes and I will use step-by-step logic and deductive reasoning to get to the bottom of the infernal case of the semicolon. Grammar is afoot!
If a comma represents a brief pause, and a period represents a complete stop, then semicolons represent a moderate pause.
Semicolons are used in two main environments:
Semicolons can act as "super commas," which are used to separate units of a list when one or more of the units contain commas: