ACT English 2.1 Punctuation
ACT English: Punctuation Drill 2, Problem 1. Which choice of punctuation best completes the sentence?
|Handwriting, Capitalization, Punctuation||Punctuation Marks|
|Product Type||ACT English|
|Sentence Structure||Improper Punctuation|
|Test Prep||ACT English|
It's looking like another independent clause
love story. These things always have a way of getting together when they're not supposed to.
Ever read Romeo and Juliet? We're going to play the role of Friar Lawrence and get these
two together, although hopefully this story won't end in death.
Alright. Well, we know that there are a few ways we could join these two sentences.
The first and easiest way is to just plop down a period. This brings a pause between
the two sentences, and if the sentences are separate and unrelated, this method makes
the most sense. But in this case, these clauses are pretty
clearly related. If we check the answer choices, only one of the options separates the sentence
using a period. If we plug that into the sentence, we end
up with "I am going home I intend. to stay there."
The period is placed in the wrong spot, so it just sounds as if the speaker is having
breathing problems Another way we could combine the two clauses
is with a comma and a conjunction.
We can't have a comma by itself, because that would be a comma splice, but we can use it
with a conjunction, like and.
Unfortunately, option C doesn't work out because it uses the comma without a nice conjunction,
forming that annoying comma splice. The final, and least common way is with a
semicolon. Semicolons are just like periods, only they show that the clauses are closely
related. Option B utilizes a semicolon nicely, and
puts it in the right place. But for every right answer, there are three wrong answers,
so let's make sure the original sentence doesn't work as is before we decide to put all our
eggs in B's basket. Well, there's not really anything in between
the two clauses. No period, comma, conjunction, or semicolon.
Which means it has to be wrong; you can't just throw the two clauses together.
Option B is the way to go. So happy we could help out a couple of star-crossed lovers.