Is the following sentence grammatically correct?: The dog waited patiently for her food; a well-behaved pet.
@TomLaney1 posted an answer and its explanation; he’s spot-on.
I'd say make it a comma instead and it's all good.
I don’t like the fragmentation. Seems this sentence would read better as: The dog, a well-behaved pet, waited patiently for her food.
What comes after the semicolon is supposed to be a complete sentence; however, it's a sentence fragment.
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.
@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.
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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So it’s technically a proper sentence?
It doesn’t have to join complete sentences, however, as separate clauses are acceptable.
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.”
But it's not a clause; it's merely a phrase. So it's not grammatically correct as it stands.
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I thought they just showed up automatically when their grammar sense starts tingling.
It doesn't always wake me when I'm taking a nap!
Somehow I knew you would show. I’m glad you did as I always learn. 😊
Thanks, my friend! Just a bat-signal away!
This is how I’d write it: The dog, a well-behaved pet, waited patiently for her food.
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The semicolon is the wrong choice, but also the placement of the the "well-behaved pet" is awkward.
Her food isn’t a well behaved pet!
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.
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.
On the off-chance that it is technically correct; a ridiculous-sentence.
No chance at all, Goo!
It looks good to me.
Read my comments above, Okie.
To anyone who wants the correct answers: I don’t give correct answers right away. Doing so would interfere with poll results.
Post the fucking answers
when polls close/are about to close
Tag me then
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