The SAT will try to trip you up by using semicolons incorrectly!
Here's the deal: Each of the clauses on either side of a semicolon must be a full sentence.
Erroneous sentence: She was stunning; and he was awed by her beauty.
The clause after the semicolon is not a complete, independent sentence. This means that the semicolon is used incorrectly (however, if a comma replaced semicolon, the sentence would be correct). If you want to keep the semicolon, here’s how to fix the sentence:
Correction: She was stunning; he was awed by her beauty.
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