A semicolon looks like part period and part comma. It says to the reader, ” Stop here
a little longer than you stop for a comma but not so long as you stop for a period”. Semicolon are used primarily in compound sentences. Since most writers depend upon simple and complex sentences to express their ideas, the semicolon is not often used. It can be used in the following ways.
1. Use semicolon between independent clauses in a sentence if they are not joined by and, but, or, nor, for, or, yet.
* First l had vegetable and a glass of milk; then I called you for the homework assignment.
* Akin likes to act in plays; her sister gets stage fright.
2. A semicolon is used between independent clauses joined by such words as for example, for instance, that is, besides, accordingly, moreover, nevertheless, furthermore, otherwise, therefore, however, consequently, instead, hence.
* Ajoke felt shy; however, she soon made some friends.
* My parents are strict; for example, l can watch TV only on weekends.
3. A semicolon (rather than comma) may be needed to separate independent clauses joined by a coordinating conjunction when they are commas within the clauses.
* Temilade, Ayodele, and Ahmed voted for him; and Osinbajo and Adeola voted for Akande.