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Quick grammar question [Jan. 15th, 2006|03:58 am]
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Hello. I don't really know if this community is still active, so I may be wasting my time. I'm looking for advice on how to punctuate the following sentence from an essay: "The insatiable desire for knowledge, the intrinsic motivation to learn, the love of reason; all these are the legacy of my younger self, and among my most valued assets as an individual." For whatever reason, I initially used a semicolon to separate the two halves of the sentence, but seeing as though the clause preceding the semicolon CERTAINLY isn't independent, I really don't see why that could work. Would a dash be a better choice here? Thank you for your advice.
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From: notscaredtofly
2006-01-24 03:04 am (UTC)
You are right. That statement is not independant, so I think you should put a dash instead. I can't think of any other solutions.

Actually you could just put the statment together to make a simple statement:

"The insatiable desire for knowledge, the intrinsic motivation to learn, and the love of reason are the legacy of my younger self and among my most valued assets as an individual."

That doesn't sound quite as professional. I'd probably just do the dash.
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From: judson
2006-01-24 06:50 pm (UTC)
Sound advice. Thank you very much for your help.
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