Comma vs. semicolon

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Which is more correct:

 

We have always found Jane to be responsible in managing her personal and financial affairs, ethical in behavior and sound in judgment.

 

Or

 

We have always found Jane to be responsible in managing her personal and financial affairs; ethical in behavior and sound in judgment.

asked Jul 10 '13 at 22:43 John Landry New member

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You can't use a semicolon as in the second example.  The reason is that the part after the semicolon in the second example is actually a sentence fragment [it has no verb].  You may join two independent clauses in 3 ways:

 

1)  independent clause + coordinating conjunction + independent clause

 

[example:  John loves tea, but I love coffee.]

 

2)  independent clause + linking device + independent clause

 

[example:  John loves tea; however, I love coffee.]

 

3)  independent clause + semicolon + independent clause

 

[example:  John loves tea; I love coffee.]

 

So, in your third example, I would add a subject and a verb in order to form a clause:

 

We have always found Jane to be responsible in managing her personal and financial affairs; she is [also] ethical in behavior and sound in judgment.

link comment answered Jul 11 '13 at 02:18 Ahmad Barnard Expert

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