Whether it’s a college application or a business letter, everyone should have basic knowledge about using a semicolon properly. Listed below are a few helpful hints on the proper use of this punk of punctuation. They might not be enough to turn you into a Pulitzer Prize winning author, but you’ll write more coherently, and with greater style.

1. Use it to link two similar sentences.
The idea is to pair two separate sentences with similar subjects. For example: Grandma likes to knit; she won first place at the county fair. Both sentences refer to Grandma and her skill at knitting.