Using The Semicolon

Today we have a tip for the SAT Writing & Language Section and the ACT English section.


The semicolon has a few uses, but the use that the SAT and ACT most often test for is it’s ability to separate two independent clauses (an independent clause is something that can stand alone as a sentence.)

Here’s an example:
Jane went to the beach; John went to the movies.

The SAT and ACT will often test you on this, so if you’re given the option of using a semicolon, make sure there’s an independent clause both before and after the semicolon!

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