Enter the Semicolon

We all know that a comma goes before a coordinate conjunction — and, but, or, nor — when there is an independent subject and verb after the conjunction. …I went with her, but I did not have the chance to speak with him. …She stopped at 1:00, and she saw that she was the only one working. Look at this …

“Is That Fair?”

I was recently asked whether I would recommend a semicolon before “Is that fair?” just as it is before “Is that right?” The answer is that right, true, and correct in any of their various forms are in a category by themselves. The three —  right, true, and  correct, — are called “tag clauses.” A tag clause turns a statement …