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    wait for another 80 seconds

    Hi.

    I was walking on the street with my cousin and we needed to go to the other side. There was a traffic light, I could see there were 7 seconds left. Then I walked faster with my cousin but we didnít make it to the other side. My cousin said:

    We need to wait for another 80 seconds.

    (Wait for 80 seconds then the light will turn green for the passers-by)

    I wonder if the sentence is natural.

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    Re: wait for another 80 seconds

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    There was a traffic light, I could see there were 7 seconds left.
    That's a comma splice error.

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    We need to wait for another 80 seconds.
    I wonder if the sentence is natural.
    Yes, and you can omit "for" if you like.

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    Re: wait for another 80 seconds

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    I was walking on the street with my cousin and we needed to go to the other side. There was a traffic light, I could see there were 7 seconds left. Then I walked faster with my cousin but we didn’t make it to the other side. My cousin said:

    We need to wait for another 80 seconds.

    (Wait for 80 seconds then the light will turn green for the passers-by)

    I wonder if the sentence is natural.
    No. If you are still crossing, it would not be advisable to wait another 80 seconds. If you are not killed by oncoming traffic, when you reach the other side say "We should have waited another 80 seconds".

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    Re: wait for another 80 seconds

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    That's a comma splice error.


    Yes, and you can omit "for" if you like.
    I did notice you said "a comma splice error". What should I put or correct to make it right?

    Yes, and you can omit "for" if you like.
    Do you mean both of these are right?

    We need to wait for another 80 seconds.
    We need to wait another 80 seconds.

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    Re: wait for another 80 seconds

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    No. If you are still crossing, it would not be advisable to wait another 80 seconds. If you are not killed by oncoming traffic, when you reach the other side say "We should have waited another 80 seconds".
    I am sorry Piscean. Here's more context:

    Let's say A and B are walking on side A of the street and they are going to side B. Between these two sides there's a traffic light which requires passers-by to stop and wait for 80 seconds to cross from side A to B or B to A. I was walking with my cousin to the traffic light of side A and were about to go to side B, when we ran to side A, the light turned red, this means cars start to go and this lasts for 80 seconds. When 80 seconds end, we can cross the street to side B.

    So I said to my cousin:

    We need to wait another 80 seconds.

    Does it sound right now?

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    Re: wait for another 80 seconds

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    I did notice you said "a comma splice error". What should I put or correct to make it right?
    Use a coordinating conjunction. Can you think of a suitable one to link those two clauses?

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Do you mean both of these are right?
    We need to wait for another 80 seconds.
    We need to wait another 80 seconds.
    Yes, but that assumes you've gone back to the kerb and not in the middle of the crossing (see Piscean's post above).

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    Re: wait for another 80 seconds

    Use a coordinating conjunction. Can you think of a suitable one to link those two clauses?
    How about using "."? A period?

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    #8

    Re: wait for another 80 seconds

    There are three ways to fix a comma splice error.
    1- Change the comma to a full stop (period).
    2- Change the comma to a semicolon.
    3- Use a suitable coordinating conjunction.

    In the above, using "and" would be the best solution because that would make the text flow better.

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    #9

    Re: wait for another 80 seconds

    Hello, Silver.

    You may find this helpful:

    Most commonly, the semicolon is used between two independent clauses (i.e., clauses that could stand alone as separate sentences) when a coordinating conjunction (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so) is omitted.

    Example
    "The upperclassmen are permitted off-campus lunch; the underclassmen must remain on campus."

    The example above could be recast with the conjunction but, in which case a comma, rather than a semicolon, would be required.

    Example
    "The upperclassmen are permitted off-campus lunch, but the underclassmen must remain on campus."

    Technically, the semicolon could be replaced with a period, since each independent clause is a complete sentence. The semicolon, however, emphasizes the connection between the two clauses.

    From https://www.thepunctuationguide.com/semicolon.html

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