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One problem involves dealing with other coworkers; a workplace relationship is hard to keep secret and those involved in a close friendship or romance are nearly always the subject of gossip . <--- is this sentence correctly punctuated ?

asked Sep 10 '12 at 23:03 Vanesa Mora New member

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No. You actually have three independent clauses in your sentence. The first two are correctly joined by the semicolon following "coworkers." You have joined the second and third with a conjunction but have not provided the necessary comma. The comma should follow "secret." Here are your three independent clauses:

 

One problem involves dealing with other coworkers.

A workplace relationship is hard to keep secret.

Those involved in a close friendship or romance are nearly always the subject of gossip. 

 

Most teachers/editors/readers dislike a sentence with three independent clauses. It is too long and complext for easy reading. Consider rewriting it to make two sentences. 

link comment answered Sep 11 '12 at 00:08 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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