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Should I use a semi-colon?

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While this trait may seem optimal at first, this trait can also reflect maladaptive qualities when it comes time to chose which side of an argument I actually believe.
asked Sep 01 '12 at 02:25 evangeline taylor New member

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No. A semicolon may be used to replace a comma + conjunction (and, but, or) when joining two independent clauses. You, however, have a dependent clause (starting with while and ending with a comma) followed by the main clause.

link comment answered Sep 01 '12 at 02:43 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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