kwizNET Subscribers, please login to turn off the Ads!
Email us to get an instant 20% discount on highly effective K-12 Math & English kwizNET Programs!

Online Quiz (Worksheet A B C D)

Questions Per Quiz = 2 4 6 8 10

Grade 5 - English Language
2.14 Punctuation - Semicolon (;)

The semicolon is a cross between a period and a comma. It is sometimes used in place of a period; other times, it serves the same function as a comma.


  • Semicolon between main clauses
    Use a semi-colon between two main clauses if they are not separated by and, or, but, nor, for, yet, so, etc.
    Example: The rain stopped; the sun came out again.

  • Use a semicolon between two main clauses with conjunctions (e.g. and, or) if a comma is used in at least one of the main clauses.
    Example: Jack had to put lot of his problems aside; and not even his best friend, John, could help him.

  • Use a semicolon between two main clauses if the second one starts with an adverb that has to be enclosed in commas (e.g. however, in fact, therefore, nevertheless, moreover, furthermore, still, instead, for example, besides).
    Example: He didn't feel well; in fact, he had a very high temperature.

  • Semicolon with enumerations:
    Use a semicolon in enumerations if a comma is already used to further separate an item of the sequence.
    Example: We have business partners in Kansas City, Kansas; Denver, Colorado; Columbus, Ohio; and Atlanta, Georgia.

Directions: Write two examples for each of the semicolon usage rules described above. In the following questions, select if the sentences are punctuated correctly or incorrectly. As a homework, read a book and find and write at least three sentences containing semicolon.
Q 1: My uncle has a new motorcycle; I wish I were old enough to drive it.

Q 2: We have business partners in Chicago, Illinois; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Austin, Texas; and Detroit, Michigan.

Q 3: I plan to visit my friends in Miami, Florida for the holidays; I may not be able to stay very long.

Q 4: The florist arranged the flowers, he delivered the bouquet today.

Q 5: Because the party began at noon, we dropped Sally, Kim, Jill, and Cathy off at the store; they wanted to shop for a gift.

Q 6: We should grow our own fruits; vegetables; and grains.

Question 7: This question is available to subscribers only!

Question 8: This question is available to subscribers only!

Subscription to kwizNET Learning System offers the following benefits:

  • Unrestricted access to grade appropriate lessons, quizzes, & printable worksheets
  • Instant scoring of online quizzes
  • Progress tracking and award certificates to keep your student motivated
  • Unlimited practice with auto-generated 'WIZ MATH' quizzes
  • Child-friendly website with no advertisements
  • Choice of Math, English, Science, & Social Studies Curriculums
  • Excellent value for K-12 and ACT, SAT, & TOEFL Test Preparation
  • Get discount offers by sending an email to

Quiz Timer