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JLe May 29th, 2018 3:42pm

Is the following sentence grammatically correct?: The dog waited patiently for her food; a well-behaved pet.

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06/06/18 4:27 pm

@TomLaney1 posted an answer and its explanation; he’s spot-on.

bluerum29 optimistic idealist
05/30/18 6:52 am

I'd say make it a comma instead and it's all good.

gonzoboy Northern AZ
05/29/18 8:20 pm

I don’t like the fragmentation. Seems this sentence would read better as: The dog, a well-behaved pet, waited patiently for her food.

Dedmon California
05/29/18 5:41 pm

What comes after the semicolon is supposed to be a complete sentence; however, it's a sentence fragment.

05/29/18 6:28 pm

Nice ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

Zod Above Pugetropolis
05/29/18 1:25 pm

My first though is why would we even think about feeding a well behaved pet to a dog, even if the dog is willing to wait? There doesn’t seem to be enough support for the dog being the well behaved pet to get away with forcing the assumption with the semicolon.

MachoMatt84 Climbing Mountains
05/29/18 11:39 am

@TomLaney1 I'm putting up the GrammarSignal to call the SOH caped gramsader. The grammar police force number one deputy needs to investigate this potential crime scene of a sentence.

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
05/29/18 12:57 pm

Thanks! This one is a TRAP! When you see that semicolon, you subconsciously assume, "That writer knows his stuff (not referring to @JLe, the clever pollster who definitely DOES know her stuff!). But look more closely at what comes AFTER the semicolon! A semicolon can join two complete sentences, but "a well-behaved pet" is merely a descriptive noun phrase. The only really good ways to join this predicate phrase to the main sentence are: (1) parentheses, but I find that awkward here, or (2) a dash, which works nicely:
The dog waited patiently for her food – a well-behaved pet.
Even better is to insert that awkwardly-attached phrase as an appositive:
The dog, a well-behaved pet, waited patiently for her food.
That's my favorite solution here. One cop-out remains as an acceptable choice, and we have King Shlomo (Solomon) to thank: divide the baby.
The dog waited patiently for her food. She was a well-behaved pet.
But the appositive is best!

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Okie1967 Lets go brandon
05/29/18 1:01 pm

So it’s technically a proper sentence?

Okie1967 Lets go brandon
05/29/18 1:02 pm

It doesn’t have to join complete sentences, however, as separate clauses are acceptable.

Okie1967 Lets go brandon
05/29/18 2:11 pm

I’m pretty sure it’s a grammatically correct sentence. THe question didn’t ask if it was awkward. Proper use of I/me sometimes sounds awkward.

Semicolon: “the punctuation mark (;) used to indicate a major division in a sentence where a more distinct separation is felt between clauses or items on a list than is indicated by a comma, as between the two clauses of a compound sentence.”

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
05/29/18 2:16 pm

But it's not a clause; it's merely a phrase. So it's not grammatically correct as it stands.

omniku dot com
05/29/18 2:21 pm

I didn’t know we could launch a grammar signal every time we wanted to summon โšœ แŽขแŽปแŽฌ แฉแŽกแŽชแŽทแŽทแŽชแŽก แขแŽพแžแ†แŸแŽฌ โšœ!

I thought they just showed up automatically when their grammar sense starts tingling.


TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
05/29/18 2:51 pm

It doesn't always wake me when I'm taking a nap!

bringstheeagle Colorado
05/31/18 7:21 pm

Somehow I knew you would show. I’m glad you did as I always learn. ๐Ÿ˜Š

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
05/31/18 8:15 pm

Thanks, my friend! Just a bat-signal away!

ovcourse 8646 Commiefornia
05/29/18 11:39 am

This is how I’d write it: The dog, a well-behaved pet, waited patiently for her food.

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
05/29/18 12:58 pm

Gold star! ๐ŸŒŸ

SupremeDolphin ex DocWas
05/29/18 11:22 am

The semicolon is the wrong choice, but also the placement of the the "well-behaved pet" is awkward.

lcamino Florida and Georgia
05/29/18 10:45 am

Her food isn’t a well behaved pet!

jenkp223 Being a mommy
05/29/18 10:19 am

This is just about the worst sentence ever. Both in the misuse of the semi-colon, and the implication based on how it’s worded that the food is a well-behaved pet.

Okie1967 Lets go brandon
05/29/18 12:57 pm

It’s a semicolon. If it were a colon then the following clause would be expected to support the clause before the colon. Such is not the case with semicolons.

WorstGooEver Nuke the Hurricanes
05/29/18 10:14 am

On the off-chance that it is technically correct; a ridiculous-sentence.

05/29/18 9:01 am

To anyone who wants the correct answers: I don’t give correct answers right away. Doing so would interfere with poll results.

05/29/18 8:46 am

Post the fucking answers

05/29/18 8:48 am

when polls close/are about to close

05/29/18 8:50 am

You got it