Grammar tip o’ the week
Use the semicolon between independent clauses when “and,” “but,” “or,” or “nor” is omitted. *Do not use a comma, as the sentence has no coordinating conjunction.*
• The writer hated semicolons; the editor loved them.
• My friend loves Metallica; I think they are awful.
• Madison runs every day; Mac prefers to walk.
If the two clauses are not strongly related, make them separate sentences.
• I appreciate your interest in grammar. The question you sent about semicolons will be answered in a timely fashion.