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Reply to "Question about a semi colon"

Thank you! That’s a really helpful and insightful answer.

”Because of the comma setting off the second element, there needs to be a greater separation than a comma between the second element and the participial clause ("further complicating . . ."), which might otherwise be understood as relating only to the second element.”

With the above section of your answer in mind, does this not mean that the following sentence proposed earlier in the thread would need the greater separation that a semi colon provides?

“Despite using ‘migrant’ in relation to people fleeing the Middle East, multiple media outlets have opted for ‘refugee’ when describing those fleeing the invasion, further complicating the often blurred distinction between the two terms.”

Thanks in advance,

Cameron

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