Punctuation error? Need solution please!

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Sarah spoke about her goal; to compete in the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii.

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Sarah spoke about her goal; to compete in the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii.
asked Nov 09 '13 at 02:54 Jean So New member

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Replace the semicolon with a comma.

 

Sarah spoke about her goal, to compete in the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii.

 

Looking at this again, I think you could leave out the comma entirely.  With the comma, 'to compete...' is an appositive for goal. The meaning is the same either way, but the comma gives a different cadence to the sentence.

link comment edited Nov 09 '13 at 23:24 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow
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Although the comma can be omitted, I like the cadence with the comma. An em-dash replacing the comma is also possible. It gives an even more pronounced pause following goal.  A colon (:) is also acceptable punctuation in this sentence.

link comment answered Nov 11 '13 at 06:40 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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