[Grammar] comma or semicolon

hhs010120

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

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I think #1 is the answer.
 

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

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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.

I am not a teacher.
 

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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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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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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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From a semantics points of view, ensuring the applicant has the required knowledge and skills doesn't seem like a "formality."

I also don't think we "accomplish" formalities. We may conduct or perform them, or dispense with them, but I've never seen "After we accomplish the formalities..."
 

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We could complete​ the formalities.
 
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