RE: Semi-colons are the enemy and must be destroyed.
(05 Jan 2012 11:37 AM)sujay Wrote: I now have an image in my head of you marching round in Rambo style with a machine gun hunting out all errant semi-colons!
Thanks Sujay, that very butch image of me is exactly what I like to project!
Some great points and opinions being made here. Obviously this is one of those things that's not about right or wrong, and is largely a matter of preference. But I would like to remark on Steve's post:
(04 Jan 2012 03:56 PM)Steve Robinson Wrote: Can you always replace a semicolon with either a full stop or comma? Not a chance in my opinion. Not if you want to maintain the original sentence flow and structure as the author of any given piece of writing intended.
Personally, I have yet to come across a piece of writing (of any kind) where removing the semi-colon has a negative impact on the sentence. A full stop always makes it better. If I went through all of the posts made on this thread so far, and removed or replaced the semi-colons, they would all still read perfectly well. Better, in my personal opinion. I suggest trying this for a week: automatically remove semi-colons from everything you write and see what you think!
But maybe it goes against the grain too much? As Shayne suggests, are we too influenced by other writers to ever abandon the styles we learnt from them?