ELI5 how and when does one use semicolons?

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ELI5 how and when does one use semicolons?

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When you want to add a related point to your original statement without starting a new sentence.

E.g.: “Pauline was a record-breaking corn husker; he husked 500 corns in 3 minutes last year.”

Or: “You can’t drink bleach; your student loans don’t cover bleach-drinking.”

It includes the same grammatical weight of a period without the phonetic gap between sentences that a period creates.