Colon, Semi-Colon, or Other?

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 Nuclear weapons within Pakistan are reportedly stored disassembled with each part kept in a different location; effectively requiring more than one theft to assemble a functioning weapon.

 

 

Should that semi-colon be there? If not, what should? 

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A semicolon is used to link two independent clauses or to replace commas in a comple serial list. Your sentence has neither, so the semicolon is incorrect.

 

The clause that begins with "effectively" is a dependent clause. Because it is a nonrestrictive clause -- meaning it can be deleted without changing the meaning of the main clause -- it should be set off by a comma.

 

"... kept in a different location, effectively requiring more ..."

link comment edited Oct 21 '12 at 07:52 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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