Is the following sentence missing semicolons or commas? If so, where?: The town was always deserted at night there were rumors that a rabid dog was on the loose.

1 Answer
Mar 25, 2016

Answer:

It lacks a semicolon: "The town was always deserted at night; there were rumors that a rabid dog was on the loose."

Explanation:

Here, we have two sentences that could stand alone -- there are two independent clauses. They are:

  • The town was always deserted at night.
  • There were rumors that a rabid dog was on the loose.

Since these independent clauses are similar in subject, they can be linked with a semicolon as follows:

The town was always deserted at night; there were rumors that a rabid dog was on the loose.

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