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Jul 8 2009   2:43PM GMT

Independent clauses and semicolons

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

typing Which is correct?
Sequential logic has _____ combinational logic does not.
a. memory;
b. memory,

Answer: a

Explanation: Because both clauses are independent (they could stand by themselves as complete sentences), use a semicolon here. If you use a comma, that’s an error known as a comma splice.

You join the clauses with a semicolon instead of having two separate sentences to indicate that the clauses are closely related.

Grammar Girl has an entry about semicolons.

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  • Zoomer2
    I seems that "combinational logic does not" is a subordinate clause, not a complete sentence. Either way passes the Word grammer check.
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