I had a professor who, after assigning us a paper, would tell us "Don't even bother using semicolons. You will most likely not use them properly." This of course is the wrong thing to say to me if you don't want me to do something. After reading an article on semicolons online which described them as connecting two related but seperate clauses I went ahead, took the risk, and put one in my paper... and yes it was a mark on my grade. Several makrs actually as I came back for more on the next paper, and again on the one after that. So I was wondering if any of you had any advice on semicolons? A link to a site that describes their rules well, or maybe even a book. I'm the type of person who doesn't like to stay defeated, and still feel uncomfortable using it.