Thursday, 24 January 2013

#5 Dealing with independent clauses

Bhargav's stories are awe-inspiring; they are based on real life experiences. 

Use a semicolon to separate independent clauses. It is okay to use a full stop as well.

Bhargav's stories are awe-inspiring. They are based on real life experiences. 

One can use the colon to introduce a stop that is less obvious than a full stop. When these clauses are joined by conjunctions, one must stick to a comma. If it is joined by a adverb, go back to semicolon.

John has always been on time; besides, its raining heavily today. 

When the clauses are short and in a flow of tone - it would be an exception to this rule.

Man proposes, God disposes.

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