when to use a semi colon vs comma with a run together sentence
what is the best way to correct a run together sentence a semi colon or comma?
Either a semi colon (alone) or a comma (plus a conjunction) can serve to join two independent clauses. Think of the differences this way.
A period (two separate sentences) represent a full stop in the flow of speech or thoughts. A comma plus conjunction represents a slight pause in the flow. A semi colon represent more of a pause than the comma, but less than the period. The choice belongs to the writer to determine how much emphasis is given to the connection/separation. The shorter pause (comma) represents greater connection. The longer pause (semi colon or period) represents greater separation. Do not use a semi colon to link unrelated thoughts.
Hope this helps,
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