Results 1 to 2 of 2
  1. #1
    dut_thinker is offline Junior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • Japan
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Posts
    59
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default comma or semicolon

    Hi teachers,

    in the following sentence, the punctuation should be comma or semicolon.

    How to bring out an elephant from refrigerator?
    There are three steps:
    a. (1) open the refrigerator, (2) bring it out, and (3) close the refrigerator.
    b. (1) open the refrigerator; (2) bring it out; and (3) close the refrigerator.
    c. (1) open the refrigerator; (2) bring it out, and (3) close the refrigerator.
    Last edited by dut_thinker; 02-Sep-2012 at 07:11.

  2. #2
    Raymott's Avatar
    Raymott is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    19,591
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: comma or semicolon

    Quote Originally Posted by dut_thinker View Post
    Hi teachers,

    in the following sentence, the punctuation should be comma or semicolon.

    How to bring out an elephant from refrigerator?
    There are three steps:
    a. (1) open the refrigerator, (2) bring it out, and (3) close the refrigerator.
    b. (1) open the refrigerator; (2) bring it out; and (3) close the refrigerator.
    c. (1) open the refrigerator; (2) bring it out, and (3) close the refrigerator.
    None of those are natural. The punctuation used for a sentence doesn't applied to numbered lists of phrases.
    There are three steps: (1) open the refrigerator (2) bring it out(3) close the refrigerator.
    You could use commas - as you would if it were a sentence without numbers.

Similar Threads

  1. Comma or Semicolon
    By Allen165 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 23-Mar-2012, 11:31
  2. Semicolon
    By dstracted in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 24-Aug-2010, 03:01
  3. Semicolon or comma ?
    By mesh2005 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 09-Aug-2007, 09:39
  4. Help! semicolon?
    By crussell in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 27-Mar-2007, 15:37
  5. How do we use comma, semicolon ,
    By zaed_salah in forum Editing & Writing Topics
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-May-2006, 02:42

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •