Flashcard 2 Writing and Language Flashcard Set for the PSAT/NMSQT® exam

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The correct answer is:

A semicolon (;) is used to separate two independent clauses that are related in topic. It performs the same function as a conjunction + a comma.


Explanation:

An example of a semicolon used correctly: “Walter never arrived at the party; his car broke down halfway there.”
An example of a semicolon used incorrectly: “Walter never arrived at the party; because of car trouble.”