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S emicolon: Separating Items in a Series
 
Lesson 5-32
Prompt:Use a semicolon to separate items in a series if some of the items already contain commas and more commas would create confusion: "Attending the meeting were President Sally Jones; Secretary Wilma Mays; and our most outstanding student, Jane Smith." When the individual items in a series are long or possibly a sentence themselves, they are usually separated by semicolons: "Among the committee's recommendations were: increase the school day by sixty minutes for all junior high school and high school students; do away with all school holidays other than national holidays for all grades to include kindergarten classes; require teachers to spend every other weekend at school if all their students do not have passing grades."
Directions:Each sentence below contains a series of items (some containing commas) that can be correctly separated by a semicolon. Insert a semicolon in each sentence by clicking between the words where you desire a semicolon to be.
1.Officerselectedforthiscomingyearare:president,AnnMeyersvice-president,MariaGarciasecretary,TashaBartletandtreasurer,LisaGibbons.
2.Takethefollowingthreeitemsonthetrip:abackpacksturdyhikingshoesandshavinggeartoincludearazor,toothbrush,andtoothpaste.
3.Openinghertravelbag,sheinsertedherpackherhikingshoesandhercosmeticbagcontainingatoothbrush,toothpaste,andperfume.
4.Thereisabigdifferencebetweenthem:heiscrossandirritablesheiseasytogetalongwith.
5.ThecommitteeincludedGarcia,thetreasurerIbarra,thesupervisorandJimenez,theproductionspecialist.
6.ThesalerepresentativesterritoryincludedCheyenne,WyomingDenver,ColoradoandTaos,NewMexico.
7.Thebirthdatesofthosepresentwere:January23,1936May30,1990July14,1995andMarch10,1970.
8.DestinationsonourtripincludeTucson,ArizonaSaltLakeCity,UtahCarson,NevadaandSantaFe,NewMexico.
9.Thesemicolonisconsideredasupercommahowever,thesemicolonisalsothoughtofasaweakperiod.
10.Amongothercities,EnglishGrammar101isstudiedinLondon,EnglandParis,FranceMexicoCity,MexicoandLagunaHills,California.