Comma vs Semicolon
Comma and Semicolon are two punctuation marks used in English language with difference. It should indeed be known that both are not one and the same punctuation. A comma is represented by the punctuation mark of ‘,’. On the other hand, a semicolon is represented by the punctuation mark of ‘;’.
A comma is used to separate various objects in a sentence as in the example ‘Francis bought a book, an eraser, a pencil and a sharpener in the stationery shop’. In this sentence, you can see that each word is separated from the next word by means of a comma. In other words, the punctuation mark of comma represents continuity.
On the other hand, a semicolon is used to separate two related sentences. Look at the following examples.
1. Angela came back from the shop; she kept the vegetables in the refrigerator.
2. Lucy entered into the room suddenly; she took her handbag and left in a haste.
In both the examples given above, you can see that a semicolon separates two small sentences. It is very interesting to note that the sentences that are separated by a semicolon are usually small in length. You can see from the examples given above that the sentences are indeed short in length. This is a very important observation to make when it comes to the application of a semicolon. On the other hand, comma also is used to show where there is a slight pause in a sentence or where there is an emphasis on a word.
It is also very important that the sentences that are usually separated by a semicolon are often related to each other. They should not be totally unrelated. In case, the sentences are unrelated then a semicolon should be substituted by a full stop. These are the vital and most talked about differences between two important punctuation marks, namely comma and semicolon.