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    Grammatically correct?

    Hello,

    Which one of the following would be correct?

    He also complains that because of his record it could be extremely difficult to find a job. Im on parole-I have no address.

    OR

    He also complains that because of his record it could be extremely difficult to find a job; Im on parole-I have no address.

    Thank you,
    Marisa

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    Re: Grammatically correct?

    If you are referring to the punctuation mark after job, then I would use a period or colon, not a semi-colon.


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    Re: Grammatically correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by burgerline08 View Post
    Hello,

    Which one of the following would be correct?

    He also complains that because of his record it could be extremely difficult to find a job. Im on parole-I have no address.

    OR

    He also complains that because of his record it could be extremely difficult to find a job; Im on parole-I have no address.

    Thank you,
    Marisa
    A semicolon is incorrect. I would use a colon rather than full stop, because a colon in this context indicates that the following sentence is directly related to the previous sentence (there are other uses for a colon). Strictly, you should 'introduce' the quoted sentence - quoting alone does not constitute a sentence, and a colon must be followed by a complete grammatical sentence.

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