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Does a semicolon join two independent clauses to make a compound sentence? Does a semicolon turn two separate sentences into one sentence?

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Jaimee BeeversTeaching 4 life😉PGCE trained English teacher of 14 years.17.5k students helped

Yes. It separates two main clauses that could stand independently separated by a full stop if needed. It doesn’t turn two sentences into one. Very often the sentence after the semi colon adds extra information to the first. For example. I couldn’t bear to go home; I knew what would be waiting.

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