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In the following sentence, is the semi-colon (;) used correctly? "Not only does this...
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- "result to" needs to read "result in..."
- after "but," use a comma and similarly after "ultimately."
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"Not only does this result to a lack of choice but ultimately the complete control of our society; those who don't support their agenda are weed."
There are a few grammatical issues in this sentence.
I am not sure what "this" refers to or who "their" refers to as there is no context provided. Take care to ensure that if this is singular (one thing)- for example, the government or society- then "their" needs to be "its."
The semi-colon has, in fact, been used correctly and continues the thread. The two thoughts are independent clauses and can therefore be punctuated using a semi-colon.
Perhaps at the end of the sentence , the intention was to say "weeded out." The sentence then makes sense:
"Not only does this result in a lack of choice but, ultimately, the complete control of our society; those who don't support their agenda are weeded out."
Posted by durbanville on July 16, 2013 at 10:47 AM (Answer #2)
Im not sure the rest of the sentence is correct but that semi colon is used correctly. A semicolon can be used in two different ways; the first is to start a list with detailed descriptions of the items (e.g this very list); or to split a sentence in half, used as a kind of conjunction where no conjunction fits, like in your example.
I really hope this helped, if you need help with any other grammar message me or ask on this site as I am very willing to contribute long and detailed interesting answers with examples and so-on.
Posted by louispt on July 16, 2013 at 10:15 AM (Answer #1)
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