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A Rough Guide to SemicolonsIt is a simple symbol. Some say deceptively so. Incorrectly used, it is the scourge of prose and the ravager of innocent sentences. Amongst all the punctuation marks of the English language, it is perhaps the most abused of all. Many writers fear to touch it at all. It is, the semicolon.A Rough Guide to Semicolons3 years ago in Writing More Like This
But all this doom, gloom and terror is, in fact, quite unnecessary. The semicolon has just two major uses, both of which are quite easy to identify. Let's have a look at them.
1. To Connect Two Independent Clauses
For those who aren't sure, a clause is a series of words that could stand alone as a complete sentence. Clauses are often connected together with conjunctions such as "and" or "but".
Nine friends set out from Rivendell, but only two hobbits reached Mordor.
This could just as correctly be two sentences.
Nine friends set out from Rivendell. Only two hobbits reached Mordor.
But we could also lose the word "but" and still connect these short sentences t
Follow Up: 5 MORE Things That Ruin Good TutorialsFollow Up: 5 MORE Things That Ruin Good Tutorials3 years ago in Writing More Like This
First of all, I freely admit that what I say isn't gospel. I am a total amateur at art and writing. I've learned everything that I know via the internet and a few drawing books. It's just that I appreciate all of the tutorials here on dA that have helped me out, and I want to put a little bit of my own methods back in.
All right, so I've been thinking about some great feedback I got from my last tutorial about tutorials (there's a link to it in the description). There are just a lot of things that a tutorial writer can get wrong when trying to educate an audience on a particular topic.
As mainly a writing/art theories tutorial writer, I don't come in contact with the problems that some other creators and audiences do. However, I do notice some things and with the help of several great commenters I've concentrated my efforts on a list of five more things that can make your tutorial bomb. So strap yourself in even tighter this time, w