# Thread: Using a semicolon after a list

1. ## Using a semicolon after a list

Example: I like science, math, and construction; all of which have influenced my job.

Would this be considered correct?

2. ## Re: Using a semicolon after a list

No.

A comma would be correct.

A semi-colon separates two complete sentences:

'I like science, maths, and construction; all of them have influenced my job.'

Rover

3. ## Re: Using a semicolon after a list

Originally Posted by Rover_KE
No.

A comma would be correct.

A semi-colon separates two complete sentences:

I think it would be better to say that a semicolon separates two clauses within a sentence when each of those clauses could stand as a separate sentence.

1) 'I like science, maths, and construction; all of them have influenced my job.'
In sentence 1, using a semicolon results in one sentence.
Rover
2) I like science, maths, and construction. All of them have influenced my job.

In sentences 2, using a period results in two sentences.

4. ## Re: Using a semicolon after a list

Originally Posted by eulia
Example: I like science, math, and construction; all of which have influenced my job.

Would this be considered correct?
It's not traditionally a function of a semicolon. I'd use a dash:
"I like science, math, and construction - all of which have influenced my job."

5. ## Re: Using a semicolon after a list

Originally Posted by Raymott
It's not traditionally a function of a semicolon. I'd use a dash:
"I like science, math, and construction - all of which have influenced my job."
So what would be the right place to use a semicolon?

6. ## Re: Using a semicolon after a list

Originally Posted by 2010
So what would be the right place to use a semicolon?
Semicolon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Semicolon Usage: The Three Functions of Semicolons in Written English
How to Use a Colon and Semicolon: A Lesson in Punctuation With the Colon and Semicolon

There are numerous webpages which give this sort of routine information.

7. ## Re: Using a semicolon after a list

No, I can't agree that in the US, we'd use a semi-colon there.

The use of "all of which" requires a comma. The semi-colon works only if you change it to "all of them" (as others have said).

I have no problem with the dash, but (in my opinion) it makes it less formal.

8. ## Re: Using a semicolon after a list

Originally Posted by Barb_D
The use of "all of which" requires a comma. The semi-colon works only if you change it to "all of them" (as others have said).

I have no problem with the dash, but (in my opinion) it makes it less formal.
Of course you are right; I lost track of which sentence was being talked about.

9. ## Re: Using a semicolon after a list

Oh good. I'm glad we've back on the same track.

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