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Hi there,

The use of semicolons is to join two independent clauses. But can a sentence get joined with a semicolon if a clause is opposite to the other clause? For example:-


1) He is having trouble bowling. However, with practice he will learn it.

2) He is having trouble bowling; however, with practice he will learn it.



Are both of the above sentences correct? If no, then can you explain why?

Feel free to correct me if I made any mistake in my question. Thanks.

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1) He is having trouble bowling. However, with practice he will learn it.

This is grammatically correct

2) He is having trouble bowling; however, with practice he will learn it.

This is OK too - because the second clause is logically connected to the first

Here's a guidance note on semicolons


http://www.mantex.co.uk/2009/09/13/english-language-semicolons/

Hope that helps

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