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Thread: Punctuation

  1. Key Member
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    "I was young and impressionable, and I assumed that all lawyers stood for what was right and good, after all, law was about what was right and good."

    Shouldn't there be a semicolon before "after all"?


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    Re: Punctuation

    Yes, there should. The clauses on either side are independent, and must therefore be joined by either a conjunction (which "after all" is not) or a semicolon.

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    Re: Punctuation

    (Or a period/full stop.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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