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Commas vs. semicolons when joining two independent clauses . When joining two independent clauses you are going to want to use a comma when a coordinating conjunction is used (and, but, or, nor, for, yet, so) or when a pair of correlative conjunctions is used (either. .. or, neither. .. nor, not only. .. but also). Examples: John wrote a good paper, but his teacher gave him a bad grade. Either the gas tank was empty or the car consumed gas quickly. You can leave the comma out if the two clauses are very short.
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Unformatted text preview: Example: Fix it and clean it You use a semicolon to join two independent clauses when they are closely related and a coordinating conjunction is not present. Example: Many artists abuse drugs; Vincent Van Gogh was an alcoholic. Side note: If you use only a comma or no punctuation at all between independent clauses you have created a run-on sentence. Pages 205, 206, 270, 271282, 283 "The Concise Wadsworth Handbook...
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course ENG WR 100 taught by Professor Dontremember during the Spring '08 term at BU.

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