Robert Treyes UCI Tech Writing 2:00-3:20 Memorandum Date: January 22, 2008 To: UCI Tech Students From: Robert Treyes RE: Four Rules from The Elements of Style This 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 comma This 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 two This rule states to never misuse a period for a comma. Never separate two independent
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