Use a semicolon (;) to join independent clauses of a compound sentence: "Bill and Jake wanted to go to the game; John and Jim did not want to go." Also use a semicolon to join independent clauses of a compound sentence when transitional words or adverbs are used and are usually set off by commas: "Bill and Jake went to the game; however, John and Jim went to the beach."
Practice What You've Learned
Each sentence below has two independent clauses that can be correctly joined by a semicolon. Insert a semicolon in each sentence by clicking between the words where you desire a semicolon to be.