Have you ever heard about “semicolons”? Have you ever used “semicolon” in a sentence?

The semicolon is not as “popular” as “comma”, “period” and “apostrophe”. One of the major reasons that some people don’t use semicolons in constructing a sentence because they are afraid that they might get wrong in using it. However, this article may be a pathway for you to get rid of that “semicolon traumas”!

Semicolons are used to separate words or sentences that are not related to each other. It is like you want to end your sentence, but changed your mind not to. Semicolons indicate as a pause. Using semicolons does not need conjunctions like “and”. It is a joint of independent clauses.

Below is the guide to using semicolons:

1. Connecting independent clauses without using “and”


            Apples are great for breakfast; I am not a morning person.

            Mcdonalds’ meal is not delicious as before; they have blueberry pies.

Take note: Both of the independent clauses are constructed in a complete sentence, which is a must. Also, after the semicolon, the first letter should not be capitalized unless it is a specific noun or name or I.

2. As a “Set-list”


I want to go to Switzerland and do these things: star-gazing; sight-seeing of the Swiss Alps; strolling in the park; walk around the old museums; and eat delicious Swiss foods.

This is my possible route when I travel to Europe: Switzerland, Paris, Belgium; Italy, Switzerland, France; Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden.

Take note: In the first sentence, the conjunction “and” was used which indicates as the last sentence. However, the last sentence “and” was not used, because it is just used as a choice.

3. The Conjunctive Verbs (nevertheless, also, therefore, moreover, etc.) are present


The Aurora Borealis in Europe is so beautiful; however, I don’t have a budget yet to witness it.

Walking in the park is romantic; also, eating dinner with someone you love.

The results are excellent; therefore, the test was conducted properly.

A semicolon is somewhat like a comma, but it is just shared between independent clauses. So, no to “semicolon traumas” anymore; therefore, the author would like to congratulate you in advance for your future professional-like works!

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Gabrielle Love Acero loves to write in any form since she was still a little girl. Her writing skills were enhanced through reading books, articles, and informative materials such as Reader’s Digest. They are also her hobbies. She began her blog site at the age of 11. She wrote her experiences in life. With her experiences, she became a scriptwriter during her High School years. One of her movies that she directed and produced won 2nd place against 7 high school institutions (public and private) in the city where she is living. The interschool competition was hosted by Commission on Population (PopCom) – Region X. She puts effort into doing these things because it is her passion. She is one of the top of the class during her Elementary and High School years. She graduated as the Class Valedictorian in Junior High School. At the age of 9, Gabrielle Love Acero started participating and engaging in voluntary activities, especially at church. She entered the kids’ choir and joined “Sidewalk Saturday School (SSS)” as a volunteer. She taught indigenous children about God and His love for them in a certain area, including skit-playing and Bible-reading. With those experiences, she continued being a volunteer at heart until the present day. At the age of 13, she became a Worship leader in the church where she is currently attending since 2007. Her dedication, commitment, and love for God and His people made her become one of the assets of the church. She is one of the youth leaders. Gabrielle Love Acero is currently a junior student of Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Medical Biology at Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan, where she continues to work towards her dream of becoming a doctor in the near future. She is also involved in extracurricular organizations. She is currently the President of Xavier University Red Cross Youth (XU – RCY), where she plans, organizes, and implements humanitarian activities for the community with her team. Also, she is a 1st class Cadet Officer at Xavier University Philippine Air Force - Reserve Officer Training Corps (XU PAF ROTC), where she teaches basic military trainings based on her military training experiences. Also, she implies military leadership to her lower classes. Not despising her Biology degree, she put her efforts into her studies and get involved in Biophilic (Biology) Society activities with her colleagues. Many people are awed by her experiences and involvements, especially her time management skills, but with humility, she believes that her life is not her own, but with a purpose. Gabrielle Love Acero hopes to learn more about life and the field she is currently in. She is goal-oriented and exemplifies excellence in everything she does, not because of herself, but because of the greater One living inside her.