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    #1

    comma or semicolon

    Hello, Teachers~
    Please help me out.
    In front of 'for example' in the next sentence, which is better comma(#1) or semcolon(#2)?



    1. Before a license is issued, certain formalities must be accomplished, for example, testing the applicant's knowledge and skills required.

    2. Before a license is issued, certain formalities must be accomplished; for example, testing the applicant's knowledge and skills required.



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    #2

    Re: comma or semicolon

    Tell us what you think the answer is. Then we will help you.

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    #3

    Re: comma or semicolon

    I think #1 is the answer.

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    #4

    Re: comma or semicolon

    I agree with you. There is no need for a semi-colon here.

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    #5

    Re: comma or semicolon

    Quote Originally Posted by hhs010120 View Post
    I think #1 is the answer.
    No. A semicolon is required. Sentence 2 is punctuated correctly.
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    #6

    Re: comma or semicolon

    I would use a comma. I see no need for a semi-colon.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 12-Apr-2017 at 08:33.

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    #7

    Re: comma or semicolon

    I remember my high school English teacher being so obsessed with punctuation, especially semi-colons. That said, I believe #2 is correct because I was taught you use semi-colons to link two independent clauses which is the case here.

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    #8

    Re: comma or semicolon

    I would avoid it altogether by recasting the sentence as follows:

    Before a license is issued, certain formalities must be accomplished
    , such as testing the applicant's knowledge and skills required.
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    #9

    Re: comma or semicolon

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    I believe #2 is correct because I was taught to use semi-colons to link two independent clauses, which is the case here.
    Sorry, Andrew - for example, testing the applicant's knowledge and skills required is not an independent clause: it lacks a finite verb.

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    #10

    Re: comma or semicolon

    Quote Originally Posted by hhs010120 View Post
    testing the applicant's knowledge and skills required.
    This doesn't read well for me. What exactly is required doing? I don't think either way of punctuating is right. And I don't think for example works especially well here.

    Before a licence is issued, certain formalities, such as testing the required knowledge and skills, must be accomplished.

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