ACT English 2.3 Punctuation
ACT English: Punctuation Drill 2, Problem 3. Where does the semicolon fit best?
|Conventions||Demonstrate command of capitalization, punctuation, and spelling|
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Let's see if we can at least fix the semicolons in this sentence to lift our campers' spirits...
Well, there are four possible places that the semicolon can go.
On either side of the semicolon, the clause has to stand alone, so let's check each place
to see if it forms two complete thoughts. In C, the first clause makes sense, but the
second is a confusing mess. The sentence "to the peak and back before
dark they decided to camp for the night" doesn't work. At all.
B is a similar situation. Although "They couldn't make it to the peak" works as a complete sentence,
"and back before dark they decided to camp for the night" does not.
A? "Before dark they decided to camp for the night" isn't a complete sentence either. Buh-bye.
Although those sentences were painful to read, at least we're left with one good answer.
The last one of the bunch, D, forms two complete thoughts that are independent clauses, and
separates them with a semicolon. Much the same way that mountain troll plans
to separate the campers' heads from their bodies.