When to Use a Semicolon Instead of a Comma?

When am I supposed to use a semicolon instead of a comma when I'm writing some text? I never was taught in school when to use it exactly, and I always improvised it.
I think that you're supposed to use the semicolon after you end a sentence and a comma when you stop to clarify something but I'm not sure, can anyone tell me when should I use it?

asked by Morrison in Internet | 1899 views | 12-10-2011 at 04:10 AM

Semicolons have always been used in a very similar manner to commas, but they are used to divide clauses which are longer and more independent, it's like a "Super Comma".
Commas are most frequently used before a list (for example: milk, cookies, peanut butter, orange juice) or for logical conclusions or examples. An example for semicolons: I like ice-cream, with sprinkles on top; playing video games, especially classic ones; surfing, windsurfing, etc.

answered by Clayton | 12-10-2011 at 04:12 AM

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