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semicolon

noun [C]     /ˌsem.iˈkəʊ.lɒn/ US  /ˈsem.iˌkoʊ.lən/
B2 the symbol ; used in writing between two parts of a sentence , usually when each of the two parts could form grammatical sentences on their own. A semicolon can also separate the things in a list .Punctuation Grammar:PunctuationThe most common punctuation marks in English are: capital letters and full stops, question marks, commas, colons and semi-colons, exclamation marks and quotation marks.Grammar:Punctuation: colons (:) and semi-colons (;)We use colons to introduce lists:
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