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Michael Harvey's answer is quite comprehensive. Additionally, you may put a period between both parts, and if they represent two full independent sentences, you can use a colon and start the second part with a capital letter. I meet this type of spelling most often.


You mention a 'semicolon' but then (correctly) use a colon. A colon is nearly always preceded by a complete sentence; what follows the colon may or may not be a complete sentence, and it may be a mere list or even a single word. British usage: no capital letter after a colon unless it is to start a proper noun or acronym. American usage: a capital letter if ...


It depends on whether you want the word to come across as specific, in which case you would capitalize, versus a general word, in which case you don't capitalize. To explain what I mean, consider if I referred to "the Queen," versus "the queen." The former suggests that I am referring to a specific queen, with a specific title and ...

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