ACT English 1.3 Punctuation
ACT English: Punctuation Drill 1, Problem 3. Is that comma being used correctly?
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So, let's if we can find another answer with a better way to combine these two clauses.
What about B? This time, the two sentences are joined with the word and.
And is a conjunction, and their buddy is the comma,
and they're pretty much inseparable
when they join independent clauses.
For the sentence to be grammatically correct,
it needs a comma. But beyond that, it doesn't really make
sense to use "and" here. Let's see if we can find a more natural conjunction in another
sentence. C... no way, no how. There's no conjunction...
D looks much more promising. It uses "because" as a subordinating conjunction.
Notice "because" works better than and, because the second clause explains the first
one pretty well. So the answer is D.
And hey, if you get it wrong, you can always try bribing the ACT test administrators with
tickets to that bird estuary...