You know that we can combine sentences using words like and, or, but, yet and then.
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You know that we can combine sentences using words like and, or, but,

yet and then. But sometimes no such word seems appropriate. In such a case

was can use a semicolon (;) or a dash (-) to combine two clauses.

She has no interest in music; I doubt she will become a singer like her mother.

The second clause here gives the speaker's opinion on the first clause.

Here is a sentence from the text that uses semicolons to combine clauses. Break

up the sentence into three simple sentences. Can you then say which has a better

rhythm when you read it, the single sentence using semicolons, or the three

simple sentences?

For there is not any means by which those who have been born can avoid dying;

after reaching old age there is death; of such a nature are living beings.
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The single sentence using semicolons has a better rhythm. This is because the three

parts of the sentence are connected to each other in their meanings. The second clause

gives further information on the first clause. The third clause is directly related to both

the first and the second. Their meanings are better conveyed when they are joined by

semicolons.

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