Transitional Phrases

Use a semicolon between independent clauses when the second clause starts with one of the following: after all, as a matter of fact, as a result, at the same time, even so, for example, for instance, in addition, in conclusion, in fact, in other words, in the first place, on the contrary, on the other hand.

When a transitional expression appears between independent clauses in a compound sentence, it is preceded by a semicolon and is usually followed by a comma.

Our foreign exchange student is unfamiliar with our customs; in addition, she does not speak English.

Transitional expressions such as also, at least, certainly, consequently, indeed, of course, no doubt, perhaps, then, and therefore are not always followed by a comma. If the expression fits in smoothly with the rest of the sentence, causing little or no interruption, then a comma is unnecessary.

She turned off the radio; then she accomplished some real work.

He was unreliable at his former job; therefore you should not employ him.

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