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    it is warm-blooded; it has fur; its young are.....

    Iím unsure on the use of the semi-colon. In the following sentence, semi-colons are used instead of commas to separate the different traits:

    -- They classified platypus as a mammal because of the following traits: it is warm-blooded; it has fur; its young are fed with milk from the mother.

    Would it be incorrect if I use commas instead of semi-colon in this context?

    Thank you for teaching me

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    Re: it is warm-blooded; it has fur; its young are.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    -- They classified the platypus as a mammal because of the following traits: it is warm-blooded, it has fur(,) and its young are fed with milk from the mother.

    Would it be incorrect if I use commas instead of semi-colon in this context?
    No, it wouldn't, provided that you put in 'and' where I have.You are presenting a simple list. The comma before 'and' is optional. Some people use it, while others don't.

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    Re: it is warm-blooded; it has fur; its young are.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    It would be a comma splice according to http://chompchomp.com/terms/commasplice.htm
    It's no more a comma splice than this: They classified the platypus as a mammal because of the following traits: its warm blood, its fur(,) and its mammary glands.

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    Re: it is warm-blooded; it has fur; its young are.....

    The conjunction 'and' is absent from the original sentence, so would it be a comma splice if commas were used without 'and'? That's what I thought when I wrote the post deleted by Rover_KE.
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    Re: it is warm-blooded; it has fur; its young are.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    It's no more a comma splice than this: They classified the platypus as a mammal because of the following traits: its warm blood, its fur(,) and its mammary glands.
    errm what is a comma splice?

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    Re: it is warm-blooded; it has fur; its young are.....

    This is the link Matthew gave in his original post: comma splice.

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