1. jakeybum

    jakeybum Active Member

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    Should the semicolon below be replaced by a comma?

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by jakeybum, Dec 30, 2017.

    Should the semicolon below be replaced by a comma?

    Stylistically, then, it is acceptable; right?

    Thank you!
     
  2. BayView

    BayView Huh. Interesting. Contributor

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    I'd probably use a period, myself.

    I think the issue comes down to whether "Right?" qualifies as a complete sentence. If it's a complete sentence, the comma is out. If it's not a complete sentence, the semi-colon is out. Since I don't know if it's a complete sentence - period!
     
  3. Kenosha Kid

    Kenosha Kid Active Member

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    Yes, replace with a comma, or as suggested above a period. A semicolon should either itemise a list of things (usually following a colon) or be used as a combining conjunction for two complete sentences, e.g. instead of 'and'.

    You need to know three things: the power of a semicolon; the beauty of a semicolon; the distinct odour of a semicolon.

    My friend Geoff once misused a semicolon; he's dead now.
     
  4. jakeybum

    jakeybum Active Member

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    Stylistically, then, it is acceptable; right?

    Right?
    is the elided form of “Is that right?”
    So I would conclude that the semicolon or period is correct here.

    Just as the semicolon before correct signifies the elision “Is that correct?”

    So both forms below should be correct:

    Stylistically, then, it is acceptable; correct?

    Stylistically, then, it is acceptable. Right?
     

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