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    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?

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    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.'

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    Re: Using a semicolon after a list

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    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.
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    2) I like science, maths, and construction. All of them have influenced my job.

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

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    Re: Using a semicolon after a list

    Quote Originally Posted by eulia View Post
    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."

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    Re: Using a semicolon after a list

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    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?

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    Re: Using a semicolon after a list

    Quote Originally Posted by 2010 View Post
    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.

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    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.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Using a semicolon after a list

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    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.

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    Re: Using a semicolon after a list

    Oh good. I'm glad we've back on the same track.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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