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Use Semi-Colons Correctly 2

In this worksheet, students practise using semi-colons to link sentences.

'Use Semi-Colons Correctly 2' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Writing: Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

Curriculum subtopic:  Punctuate Independent Clauses

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Semi-colons can be used to join two separate sentences that are on the same theme.

for example:

It was spring. The trees were beginning to blossom.

These sentences are fine as they are, but because the meaning of the second sentence is closely linked to the meaning of the first one, we can join them with a semi-colon.

It was spring; the trees were beginning to blossom.

 

It is not correct to join two sentences like this with a comma. This is a very common mistake.

It was spring, the trees were beginning to blossom. (wrong)

 

Semi-colons are useful for balancing two pieces of information.

My dad comes from Scotland; my mum is from Wales.

Jade's birthday is in March; Kayden's is in May.

Read these sentences and decide which are correctly punctuated.

 

1) I was tired of waiting. He wasn't coming.

 

2) I was tired of waiting; he wasn't coming.

sentence 1

sentence 2

both are correct

Read these sentences and decide which are correctly punctuated.

 

1) The door swung open. A tall figure strode into the room.

 

2) The door swung open, a tall figure strode into the room.

sentence 1

sentence 2

both are correct

Read these sentences and decide which are correctly punctuated.

 

1) Queen Victoria was born in 1819. She died in 1901.

 

2) Queen Victoria was born in 1819; she died in 1901.

sentence 1

sentence 2

both are correct

Read these sentences and decide which are correctly punctuated.

 

1) My baby sister loves her teddy, she carries it with her all the time.

 

2) My baby sister loves her teddy; she carries it with her all the time.

sentence 1

sentence 2

both are correct

Read these sentences and decide which are correctly punctuated.

 

1) I really enjoyed our meeting; It was a pleasure talking to you.

 

2) I really enjoyed our meeting, it was a pleasure talking to you.

sentence 1

sentence 2

both are correct

Read these sentences and decide which are correctly punctuated.

 

1) I thought the first film was better; the sequel was boring.

 

2) I thought the first film was better, the sequel was boring.

sentence 1

sentence 2

both are correct

Join these two sentences, using a semi-colon.

 

John is my brother. He is two years older than me.

Join these two sentences, using a semi-colon.

 

The abandoned dog was in a dreadful state. His fur was matted and he looked hungry.

Join these two sentences, using a semi-colon.

 

The ball flew over the fence. It landed in the river with a splash.

Join these two sentences, using a semi-colon.

 

It was turning cold outside. Frost was beginning to form on the window panes.

  • Question 1

Read these sentences and decide which are correctly punctuated.

 

1) I was tired of waiting. He wasn't coming.

 

2) I was tired of waiting; he wasn't coming.

CORRECT ANSWER
both are correct
EDDIE SAYS
Great to see you giving this ago. This information makes sense either as separate sentences or joined with a semi-colon. Remember you can use a semi-colon to balance two pieces of information. The second sentence has to be on the same theme as the first.
  • Question 2

Read these sentences and decide which are correctly punctuated.

 

1) The door swung open. A tall figure strode into the room.

 

2) The door swung open, a tall figure strode into the room.

CORRECT ANSWER
sentence 1
EDDIE SAYS
Good effort! These sentences are linked in meaning, so they can be joined into one sentence, but a semi-colon is needed for this and not a comma.
  • Question 3

Read these sentences and decide which are correctly punctuated.

 

1) Queen Victoria was born in 1819. She died in 1901.

 

2) Queen Victoria was born in 1819; she died in 1901.

CORRECT ANSWER
both are correct
EDDIE SAYS
This information makes sense either as separate sentences or joined with a semi-colon. They have a similar meaning so can be joined with a semi-colon. Keep it up!
  • Question 4

Read these sentences and decide which are correctly punctuated.

 

1) My baby sister loves her teddy, she carries it with her all the time.

 

2) My baby sister loves her teddy; she carries it with her all the time.

CORRECT ANSWER
sentence 2
EDDIE SAYS
Remember semi-colon's can be used to balance two statements. In this example we have two sentences about the same subject so they can be joined together, but not with a comma.
  • Question 5

Read these sentences and decide which are correctly punctuated.

 

1) I really enjoyed our meeting; It was a pleasure talking to you.

 

2) I really enjoyed our meeting, it was a pleasure talking to you.

CORRECT ANSWER
sentence 1
EDDIE SAYS
Super work! In this example we use semi-colons to balance two statements. Both sentences are discussing the 'meeting' that has taken place. They could be separate statements both with the same theme.
  • Question 6

Read these sentences and decide which are correctly punctuated.

 

1) I thought the first film was better; the sequel was boring.

 

2) I thought the first film was better, the sequel was boring.

CORRECT ANSWER
sentence 1
EDDIE SAYS
Great job! Again here a semi-colon is used rather than a comma. This is because the semi-colon shows that they have a similar meaning. Keep going super star!
  • Question 7

Join these two sentences, using a semi-colon.

 

John is my brother. He is two years older than me.

CORRECT ANSWER
John is my brother; he is two years older than me.
EDDIE SAYS
When we join two sentences together using a semi-colon we need to remove the full stop and replace it with the semi-colon. We place it where the connective could go. Remember we do not need a capital letter after a semi-colon.
  • Question 8

Join these two sentences, using a semi-colon.

 

The abandoned dog was in a dreadful state. His fur was matted and he looked hungry.

CORRECT ANSWER
The abandoned dog was in a dreadful state; his fur was matted and he looked hungry.
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get it? Replace the full stop with a semi-colon and do not use a capital letter afterwards. You got this!
  • Question 9

Join these two sentences, using a semi-colon.

 

The ball flew over the fence. It landed in the river with a splash.

CORRECT ANSWER
The ball flew over the fence; it landed in the river with a splash.
EDDIE SAYS
You got the hang of it yet? The semi-colon replaces the full stop. hang in there your nearly done!
  • Question 10

Join these two sentences, using a semi-colon.

 

It was turning cold outside. Frost was beginning to form on the window panes.

CORRECT ANSWER
It was turning cold outside; frost was beginning to form on the window panes.
EDDIE SAYS
Super star! You should have used a semi-colon in the place of the full stop! Great work!
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