Alternatives to the semicolon 

  • Full stop

    A semicolon can generally be replaced by a full stop.

    Exemple correcte The Governing Council agreed to the measure. The Student Council rejected it.


    However, the semicolon suggests that the two shorter sentences are more closely related than two consecutive sentences usually are.

  • A connecting word

    A semicolon can also be replaced by a suitable connecting word (and, or, but, while, yet) with a joining comma.

    Exemple correcte The Governing Council agreed to the measure, yet the Student Council rejected it.


    However, certain connecting words must be preceded by a semicolon or full stop. The most common are consequently, hence, however, meanwhile, nevertheless, therefore and thus.

    Exemple correcte The two sides have refused to negotiate; consequently, the measure has been suspended.
Darrera actualització: 7-11-2017
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Recommended citation:
«Alternatives to the semicolon» [en línia]. A: Criteris de la Universitat de Barcelona (CUB). Style Guide. Barcelona: Universitat de Barcelona. Serveis Lingüístics. <https://www.ub.edu/cub/criteri.php?id=2299> [consulta: 10 maig 2021].