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    I would like to know why ";" is used in the next sentence.
    A Wolf caught sight of a Goat browsing above him on the scanty herbage
    that grew on the top of a steep rock; and being unable to get at her,
    tried to induce her to come lower down.

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    Default Re: semi-colon

    It should not be a semicolon. It should be a comma, both before and after the "and".

    A semicolon is used to tie two complete sentences (subject-verb) together very closely. They could be separate sentences. In this case, you could (very poorly) re-write that as

    A Wolf caught sight of a Goat browsing above him on the scanty herbage
    that grew on the top of a steep rock; being unable to get at her, he
    tried to induce her to come lower down.


    Or better yet, use the full stop period:
    A Wolf caught sight of a Goat browsing above him on the scanty herbage
    that grew on the top of a steep rock. Being unable to get at her, he
    tried to induce her to come lower down.


    Usually (modernly), the semicolon is used with shorter sentences; it shows that they are very tightly related.

    Semicolons are also used in lists, when the list has its own necessary commas. For example: Bill and Mary; John, Mary and their son Fred; Ralph and Ellen. See the necessary comma there after John? In this case, you need a semicolon to keep the "family units" together and distinct from one another.

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