Is it semicolon or comma needed here?

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I think a comma suffices at - pathetic  - but am not sure if it should be a semicolon, advice please? Going on a family trip is like being stuck in a room with a clown who is really pathetic; he tries to entertain but can't.

edited Nov 04 '13 at 20:45 carol powney New member

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You have two independent clauses. These must be joined with a comma and conjunction, a semicolon, or made into two sentences.  Using just a comma creates a comma splice.  The semicolon is correct, or it should be made into two sentences.

 

Going on a family trip is like being stuck in a room with a clown who is really pathetic; he tries to entertain but can't.

 

Going on a family trip is like being stuck in a room with a clown who is really pathetic.  He tries to entertain but can't.

link edited Nov 04 '13 at 21:47 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

Many thanks Lewis. Must try to get my head round these.

carol powneyNov 04 '13 at 21:46

I would add that there is a third way to join independent clauses; with a conjunctive adverb: "...; ironically,..." probably not an appropriate conjunctive adverb, but it was just something I came up with on the sport; however, that is the third way to join two independent clauses.

Aaron PrejeanNov 04 '13 at 23:56

Btw, + vote him for giving you such a great answer, Carol!

Aaron PrejeanNov 04 '13 at 23:56

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