SAT Tip Of The Week

describe the imageThe 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.

For example:

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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