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Understand and Apply Semi-Colons

In this worksheet, students will be asked to use a semi-colon to correctly separate two main clauses. The student will need to be able to form a semi-colon correctly, with correct placement within their writing.

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'Understand and Apply Semi-Colons' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 6 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Exam-Style Questions: SATs English

Curriculum subtopic:   Exam-Style Questions: Spellings

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Worksheet Overview

Great job- you've made the fantastic decision to practise using semi-colons, ready for the SATs SPAG test!


In this activity, you will practise how to use a semi-colon in the correct place and why a semi-colon is sometimes used in writing.

You probably will not be taught about semi-colons until you are in Year 6 as they are a more advanced form of punctuation.


What does a semi-colon look like?

A semi-colon is formed from a dot and a comma on top of one another, like this ;


When should we use a semi-colon?


1. A semi-colon should be used within a sentence, not at the beginning or end.

It is used to separate main clauses (which make sense on their own) within a sentence. The semi-colon will take the place of a conjunction or full stop and join the main clauses together.



The sky was grey and rain was coming.

The sky was grey; rain was coming.


A semi-colon is very useful because it makes the reader pause when he/she gets to it. It also links two similar ideas. Both sides of the semi-colon should make sense on their own and a capital letter is not needed after it. 


2. A semi-colon can also be used to separate items within a list if the list contains some internal commas. (This is more tricky!)



I have visited London, Brighton and Exeter in the South; and York, Newcastle and Leeds in the North.


Over to you now to have a go at some questions... Good luck!


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