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    Semicolon, colon, dash or comma?

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by TheDeep1985, Jul 29, 2010.

    Hello All,

    I am unfortunately not the best at punctuation but I like to learn. Please help me!

    Please advise me on which form of punctuation I should use in the following sentence:

    "You have not thought this through, I drink whiskey."

    This sentence is said to a man buying champagne for a women who likes scotch but the comma I have used does not seem to break the two statements up enough. What do you think
     
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    I would suggest either a full-stop with a period, or a semi-colon since they seem to be independent clauses. But I believe you may also be able to pull this off with a colon as well, but I'm not comfortable enough with grammar rules to suggest that outright.
     
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    The colon is gaining popularity as a replacement for a semi-colon (or period) linking two independent clauses. But it will come off as very contemporary and I doubt anyone around here will tolerate it, yet alone recommend it.

    If you wanna play it safe, I'd go with a period.
     
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    Yeah, I wanted to use a colon but wasn't quite sure. I think I'll stick with that, it is supposed to sound pretty conversational.

    Thanks
     
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    Use a period. The semicolon is already highly overused in fiction. A semicolon, when used to separate independent clauses, is the indecisive compromise between a full stop and a join using a comma and a conjunction. Technically, a semicolon is acceptable. Tradititionally, however, they are frowned upon in fiction.

    A colon doesn't belong there at all.

    The comma also does not belong. It creates the type of run on sentence called a comma splice.
     
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    I say it works best as two sentences. Use a period and make "I drink whiskey" a separate sentence.

    If you must make this all one sentence, then a semicolon works and is what I'd use. But it's better as two sentences. Use a period.
     
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    A period. Of the grammatical variety.
     

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