If you speak like that then, in written English, it should probably appear as: "If... you... pause... between... each..." etc. Or even "If. You. Pause. Between." etc. I would suggest it is never done with a comma. If you're not pausing after the semi-colon then I suggest you're speaking quite oddly. The pause at a semi-colon is not far removed from a full stop (or period, for those across the pond), and certainly (at least how I speak) it is more of a significant pause than a comma. [Qupte]I could write that also with a pause (for breath). i.e My wife walks very slow down the hill, (pause) she has flat feet.[/quote]I think you have these two (the comma and the semi-colon) the wrong way round with regard length of pause (if that is how you are judging which to use). Using a comma would be wrong, in my opinion. It's a start, but one needs at least to know that a semi-colon offers more of pause (again, if that is how you wish to judge things) than a comma. Unfortunately I don't think it is. How do you suggest using commas when you pause for emphasis? Can you provide an example? If you only ever want to write as though you're in sixth-grade.