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    Unlike her father who is a renowned classical pianist, her mother is a successful the

    Are these sentences correct? I mean, can we connect two independent clauses using preposition?, as they are not classidied as conjunctions or coordinators.

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    her father who is a renowned classical pianist, her mother is a successful theater actress.

    In spite of being alone, he is so lively and happy.
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    Re: Unlike her father who is a renowned classical pianist, her mother is a successful

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    There is only one independent clause in each of those sentences.
    Good point teacher. I hadn't notice it before posting.
    How about the following punctuation?

    In spite the fact that he is alone, he is so lively and happy.
    Unlike he was a successful student, he failed to pass his exams.
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    Re: Unlike her father who is a renowned classical pianist, her mother is a successful

    Quote Originally Posted by yi-ing View Post
    Unlike her father, who is a renowned classical pianist, her mother is a successful theater actress.

    See above. The addition of the comma saves the reader from thinking she has more than one father and it is just the one who is a pianist who is being mentioned.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 02-Jul-2017 at 16:02. Reason: Fixing typo.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Unlike her father who is a renowned classical pianist, her mother is a successful

    Quote Originally Posted by yi-ing View Post
    Good point teacher. I hadn't notice it before posting.
    How about the following punctuation?

    In spite of the fact that he is alone, he is so lively and happy.
    It needs the preposition I added above. You can save six words to donate to charity like this: Despite being alone, he is so lively and happy.

    I'm not crazy about using so that way, but it's done very commonly.
    I am not a teacher.

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