The Day I Finally Understood How to Use Semicolons in English
It took me over 10 years of reading and writing to make sense of them
I keep finding semicolons in books but never use them in writing. I don’t understand them.
Today, for the first time, I felt I needed one.
I was writing a post for a client. I typed, “Trust me. This book is like no other.”
I looked at the sentence and thought, “Full stop? No. Semicolon!”
But I wasn’t sure, so I asked ChatGPT.
“Trust me. This book is like no other.” — The period emphasizes each sentence individually. It creates a slightly stronger pause between “Trust me” and “This book is like no other,” making each statement stand out on its own.
“Trust me; this book is like no other.” — This suggests a closer connection between the two sentences, emphasizing that the second sentence is a continuation or a result of the first. It provides a softer pause than a period.
I was right!
Over a decade to get here 😅.