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Grammar Question

DSCDSC Registered User Posts: 1,111 Senior Member
edited December 2007 in College Admissions
I'm writing one of my essays, and not looking to wait for my teacher in a week.

I have a bit which basically follows this format(completely different text of course):

People seek many experiences: to run and jump through the city; to parachute through the mountains; to travel in Europe, biking to the cities which brought America its culture ........

Is this the proper way to punctuate? With full phrases you use semicolons, right?
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Replies to: Grammar Question

  • wdrmhbswdrmhbs Registered User Posts: 387 Member
    I think that commas would be more correct.
  • DCforMeDCforMe Registered User Posts: 626 Member
    1)no! use commas, not semicolons. Only use semicolons if the sentence could stand on its own otherwise. "To parachute through mountains" is not a complete though.

    2)I hope the text you used is really different, because it's pretty hard to parachute through a mountain ;)
  • DSCDSC Registered User Posts: 1,111 Senior Member
    Yes, my text was very different.

    My worry with commas was that I have commas within my phrases, so that it might not be clear.
  • tapedDucktapedDuck Registered User Posts: 705 Member
    semicolons only seperate independent clauses... those aren't independent
  • DSCDSC Registered User Posts: 1,111 Senior Member
    ok. That was the rule I couldn't think of. My actual essay has dependent clauses too, so I guess commas it is.

    I feel stupid.
  • PoseurPoseur Registered User Posts: 3,331 Senior Member
    NO! You guys are wrong! Semi-colons are used to separate independent clauses OR items in a list where one of the items includes a comma!!!

    ...Sorry, got kind of excited, lmao.

    I'm sure it's fine and understandable either way. Just use whatever seems to flow better.
  • tapedDucktapedDuck Registered User Posts: 705 Member
    I guess Poseur is right...

    I hate grammar
  • DSCDSC Registered User Posts: 1,111 Senior Member

    Good thing I came back to this thread, I thought it was done.
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