Student or Learner
Here's an excerpt from an article:
You can be assured that Javaris Crittenton will not be back. Gun incident aside; he never really established himself in his short stint with the team and missed the first 50 games with a left foot injury.
I find it odd that the author used a semicolon after "aside." I think it's incorrect and the semicolon should be a comma. But I suppose this is one of those cases where the use of the semicolon is justified because it serves to add emphasis.
Would you agree?
***** NOT A TEACHER *****
Good afternoon, jasmin.
(1) I guess authors can use any kind of punctuation they want as long as the editors allow it to pass for publication.
(2) Nevertheless, I agree with you that the semicolon is "incorrect."
(3) It seems to me that "Gun incident aside" is really almost an adverbial clause = If we put the gun incident aside, he never really established himself. ...
(a) The "rule" requires semicolons to separate independent clauses.
(i) Surely no one can say that "Gun incident aside" is an independent clause or thought. It obviously needs to be followed up with an explanation (he never really ....).
Have a nice day!