semicolon before 'in other words': ..people; in other words, zombies.


Senior Member
Spanish (Latin American)

In this sentence:

"The night is full of dead people who have been brought back to life; in other words, zombies."

Could I use a semicolon after "life"?
  • panjandrum

    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    The semicolon (;) has only one major use. It is used to join two complete sentences into a single written sentence...

    So it can't be a semicolon.

    The colon is used to indicate that what follows it is an explanation or elaboration of what precedes it.
    So it could be a colon.
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