Semicolon When Changing Subjects (But Not Really)

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I have Googled profusely with no luck since this is very specific, it seems. When using a semicolon, most sentences continue the same subject.

โ€œHe likes potatoes; he eats them all day.โ€

But what if the first part was focusing, not on him, but on the object? Could you switch, then, to him after the semicolon?

โ€œThe potatoes were very good; He ate them all day.โ€

Most Common VERB NOUN Collocations ๐Ÿฆ

Most Common VERB NOUN Collocations ...
Most Common VERB NOUN Collocations ๐Ÿฆ

Or does the second part HAVE to stay with the same subject?

โ€œThe potatoes were very good; they were eaten all day.โ€ (or the first example I gave).

The assignment I have includes an example similar to this, but with the person buying shoes.

โ€œโ€The shoes are too expensive; I am going to buy them anyway.

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