Can you tell how many people were leaving LAX from this statement on yahoo.com?
There was Olivier Martinez. There was his wife. There was Halle Berry. And then there were some kids. Or maybe not.
Unless you know that Mr. Martinez’s wife is Halle Berry, it’s hard to tell how many adults were at LAX. Enter the semicolon!
The semicolon has fallen out of favor over the last few decades, but it has it uses. And this is one of them. Using a semicolon, you can distinguish an appositive from an item in a list. Like this:
The actor; his wife, Halle Berry; and their kids