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8 Grammar Tips to Help Kids on the SAT

Teens biting their nails over this portion of the College Board exam? Or simply looking for tricks to brush up on the ol' English? Get help here!

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8. Joined at the Hip: Two sentences connected with a comma

The last rule is in some sense the easiest; nonetheless, students often fail to recognize the ploy, lulled to sleep by the defective punctuation.

For example: San Francisco is a small city with a large population, this results in a great deal of traffic congestion.

This is really two sentences joined at the hip that need to be surgically separated, using a semicolon or employing different phrasing. Here are two common ways to correct the problem:

  • Use a semicolon – San Francisco is a small city with a large population; this results in a great deal of traffic congestion.
  • Subordinate one part of the sentence to the other – San Francisco is a small city with a large population, resulting in a great deal of traffic congestion.

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