Monday, June 21, 2004

Grammar

Which is correct?




A. The delivery boy knew he carried strange cargo, but still ventured off unafraid.

B. The delivery boy knew he carried strange cargo, but he still ventured off unafraid.


B is correct. What we have here are two independent clauses. A clause contains a subject-verb combination. An independent clause completes a complete thought.

"The delivery boy knew he carried strange cargo" is an indepenent clause. "Still ventured off unafraid" is an independent clause if we add the word "he." It is proper to write the entire independent clause, not just part of it. When you have two independent clauses, you punctuate with either a comma or a semicolon.



A. My math teacher doesn't know how to lecture, she should have remained a student.

B. My math teacher doesn't know how to lecture; she should have remained a student.


B is correct



A. Gregor has not changed physically; but has given himself an excuse to separate himself from the pain of previous experiences.

B. Gregor has not changed physically; however, he has given himself an excuse to hide from the pain of previous experiences.

B is correct. Rarely do you use a semicolon before "but."

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