ACT English 2.2 Punctuation
ACT English: Punctuation Drill 2, Problem 2. Where should the semi-colon be placed?
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turkey sandwiches taste best drenched in rainwater.
Anyway, this sentence has some issues. That semicolon is in the wrong place at the wrong time.
So, where SHOULD it go? Remember the purpose of semicolons? They separate two clauses like
a period, only they indicate a closer relationship than a period would.
These are the three places in the sentence the semicolon could be placed.
Picture it like you would a period, and read the sentence with that pause. Go ahead, pause
the video for a sec and read them out loud.
As it stands, option 2 seems to be the best.
"It rained heavily during the afternoon" and "We managed to have our picnic anyway" are
both independent clauses, so the semicolon goes between the two.
But what about the original sentence? Well, if the semicolon goes here, both sentences
should be able to stand alone.
But this would require a comma after "afternoon," so that the dependent clause "during the afternoon"
is properly attached to the independent clause afterwards.
However, there's not a comma there, so the second part of that option is grammatically
incorrect. Now we're left with C and D, which both use
the semicolon in the correct spot. The only difference is the comma after managed.
Is that really necessary? Nope! The sentence sounded fine without it, and it's actually
grammatically incorrect if you add it. We're left with C. It uses the semicolon to
split up the clauses, and doesn't misuse a comma like D did.
Now we can get back to our soggy sandwiches and diluted lemonade. Yummers.