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Reply to "Question about a semi colon"

Hi all,

Thanks for your further contributions to the discussion. David, I’m interested by your point about modern convention crippling the semi colon. Would you say that the semi colon I asked about in my original post (although grammatically incorrect) would be deemed acceptable from a modern point of view? In other words, are semi colons often used in those sort of contexts?

Also, if a comma used in its place would take “using ‘migrant’ in relation to people fleeing the Middle East” as its implied subject, does that mean a comma would fail to convey what I am attempting to articulate in the sentence? That is, that everything preceding the comma/semi colon is what further complicates the often blurred distinction. If so, maybe I should avoid the alternative formulation of the sentence proposed earlier?

I hope this makes sense!

Many thanks,

Cameron

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