Does this need a semi colon?

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do i need a semi colon before thus?

See example:

Trained personnel are a limited and valuable resource thus, there is a great need for technology that is portable, cost-effective, and can transmit relevant data to remote experts.
asked Jan 19 '13 at 23:17 Katherine Pavlik New member

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You may place a semicolon after resource and before thus. A better solution, however, is to divide this into two sentences with a period after resource. The second clause is not so closely related to the first clause as to merit a semicolon.

 

As the sentence stands, it is not grammatically correct -- it is a run-on.

 

I hope this helps.

link comment answered Jan 20 '13 at 01:36 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow
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I agree with Jeff, and would add there is a faulty parallelism error in the second clause (portable and cost-effective are adjectives, but can transmit is a modal verb):

 

... there is a great need for technology that is portable, cost-effective, and capable of transmitting relevant data to remote experts.

link comment answered Jan 20 '13 at 02:27 Shawn Mooney Expert

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