Grammar for writing: using semicolons to link main clauses

In this lesson, we will revise the use of semicolons and explore how they can help to improve the clarity and cohesion of our writing. You will need a pen and paper.

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Quiz:

Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Q1.What should all sentences start with?

1/4

Q2.What is the subject of a sentence?

2/4

Q3.Are these sentences compound, complex or simple?
Your writing communicates your opinions and ideas; your thoughts matter.
Because it improves the clarity and quality of your writing, you should use a variety of sentence structures where you can.
Deliberate practice and recall of core knowledge will help you to write more accurately so you should make a start now!
It is never too late to master your grammar.

3/4

Q4.Match the key word to the definition.
contain more than one main clause and they are joined by a conjunction (or semicolon)
contains one main clause
contains at least one subordinate clause
doesn't contain a main clause and can't stand alone as a complete thought

4/4

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Quiz:

Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Q1.What should all sentences start with?

1/4

Q2.What is the subject of a sentence?

2/4

Q3.Are these sentences compound, complex or simple?
Your writing communicates your opinions and ideas; your thoughts matter.
Because it improves the clarity and quality of your writing, you should use a variety of sentence structures where you can.
Deliberate practice and recall of core knowledge will help you to write more accurately so you should make a start now!
It is never too late to master your grammar.

3/4

Q4.Match the key word to the definition.
contain more than one main clause and they are joined by a conjunction (or semicolon)
contains one main clause
contains at least one subordinate clause
doesn't contain a main clause and can't stand alone as a complete thought

4/4

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Using semicolons to link main clauses: Quiz

Complete the questions below to check your understanding.

Q1.What is a main clause?

1/5

Q2.What is a subordinate clause?

2/5

Q3.Which of the statements below is true?

3/5

Q4.True or false?
A semicolon joins two main clauses; they have to be linked or related to each other.
You do not need a capital letter after a semicolon unless the first word is a proper noun (the name of a person or place).
You should use a semicolon to separate a subordinate clause from a main clause.

4/5

Q5.Do these sentences use semicolons correctly?
Summer is my favourite time of year; The weather is (mostly) glorious!
Hard work has many benefits; one of which is success.
Tears of joy ran down her face; she was free.

5/5

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Using semicolons to link main clauses: Quiz

Complete the questions below to check your understanding.

Q1.What is a main clause?

1/5

Q2.What is a subordinate clause?

2/5

Q3.Which of the statements below is true?

3/5

Q4.True or false?
A semicolon joins two main clauses; they have to be linked or related to each other.
You do not need a capital letter after a semicolon unless the first word is a proper noun (the name of a person or place).
You should use a semicolon to separate a subordinate clause from a main clause.

4/5

Q5.Do these sentences use semicolons correctly?
Summer is my favourite time of year; The weather is (mostly) glorious!
Hard work has many benefits; one of which is success.
Tears of joy ran down her face; she was free.

5/5

Lesson summary: Grammar for writing: using semicolons to link main clauses

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