As in C or Perl, PHP requires instructions to be terminated with a semicolon at the end of each statement. The closing tag of a block of PHP code automatically implies a semicolon; you do not need to have a semicolon terminating the last line of a PHP block. The closing tag for the block will include the immediately trailing newline if one is present.
echo 'This is a test';
<?php echo 'This is a test' ?>
<?php echo 'We omitted the last closing tag';
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