Meaning and Uses of a Semicolon

When should I use a semicolon when writing? A general set of rules is emphasized.

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The semicolon is used when independent clauses are not connected by a conjunction or other coordinating connectors. So, "International politics is of great concern to everyone; citizens should be knowledgeable about the state of the world." expresses two independent clauses that don't quite work with a coordinating connector such as "and" because doing so would express a relationship between the clauses that isn't really there. At the same time, ...