Student or Learner
A sentence from an article published in the Columbia Law Review:
"The initial focus of this Article is on one such form, namely, 'Supremacy Clause textualism'; that is, recent textualist claims about the Supremacy Clause of Article VI."
Could anyone explain to me why there's a semicolon before "that is"? I would've used a comma because "that is, recent textualist claims about Supremacy Clause of Article VI." is a dependent clause. I suppose the Columbia Law Review might have its own usage guide that accepts such use of the semicolon.
Thanks a lot.
But to be honest, I believe a sentence that requires this many commas is probably just a badly written sentence! In fact, when I tried to rewrite this one, I discovered that I couldn't even tell for sure what it was trying to say...