Em inglês, utiliza-se o ponto e vírgula (semicolon):


  1   para separar frases gramaticalmente independentes, mas que estão intimamente ligadas:
  • John went into the classroom; the teacher and the other students were already there; the lesson had already begun.
  • She studied really hard; she is determined to pass the exam.


  2   para separar uma lista de palavras, expressões, ou orações subordinadas:
  • I would like to thank the following people: Mr John Smith, the managing director; Mrs Janet Brown, the financial director; and Miss Susan Powell, the secretary.
  • It's good to know that you're back; that I can count on you; and that I'm not alone.