Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
Business writing, CIO, colons, comma splices, independent clauses, Quiz
|Which is correct?
In the future, marketers won’t ask for consumers’ __________ just read their minds.
a. opinions: They’ll
b. opinions, they’ll
Explanation: If a sentence consists of two independent clauses (clauses that could stand on their own as sentences), they can only be joined by a semicolon or a colon. A semicolon is used to join two independent clauses that are more closely related than would be indicated by separate sentences. A colon is used if the second independent clause explains the first one. (If you use a comma instead, you’re making an error called a comma splice.)