Robert TreyesUCI Tech Writing 2:00-3:20MemorandumDate: January 22, 2008To: UCI Tech StudentsFrom: Robert TreyesRE: Four Rules from The Elements of StyleThis is the second set of rules from The Elements of Style. Rules 5-9 discuss proper use of commas, colons, and dashes. More specifically it discusses independent clauses, breaking sentences, colon use with clauses and dashes on interruptions. Rule 5: Do not join independent clauses with a commaThis rule states that if two or more clauses are not joined by a conjunction and form a compound sentence, a semicolon is the correct punctuation to join them. Consequently, it is also correct to write them as two separate sentences. However, if a conjunction is present, a comma should be used to separate the two clauses. In addition, if an adverb precedes the second clause then a semicolon is still needed.Rule 6: Do not break sentences in twoThis rule states to never misuse a period for a comma. Never separate two independent
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