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# In 1972 votes were cast by 55% of the electorate;and 40% in

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14 Nov 2012, 11:21
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In 1972 votes were cast by 55% of the electorate;and 40% in 1996.

a. electorate;and 40% in 1996 the figure was 40%
b. electorate;in 1996 the figure was 40%
c. electorate, and in 1996 40%
d.electorate, 40% in 1996 was the figure
e. electorate that fell to 40% in 1996

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14 Nov 2012, 12:02
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Maryam787 wrote:
rajathpanta wrote:
In 1972 votes were cast by 55% of the electorate;and 40% in 1996.

a. electorate;and 40% in 1996 the figure was 40%
b. electorate;in 1996 the figure was 40%
c. electorate, and in 1996 40%
d.electorate, 40% in 1996 was the figure
e. electorate that fell to 40% in 1996

Why not E option?

because E doen't make sense. It compares votes with electorate. The electorate fell OR the votes ???

here the best thing is to spot suddenly that a semicolon is used only to connect 2 indipendent clauses and AND to introduce a list or an explanation.

based on ONLY on this assumption the answer is B

moreover You have the beginning of the sentence with In 1972............in 1996. To maintain the things parallel and logical

I hope it is clear now
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18 Nov 2012, 00:49
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Maryam787 wrote:
rajathpanta wrote:
In 1972 votes were cast by 55% of the electorate;and 40% in 1996.

a. electorate;and 40% in 1996 the figure was 40%
b. electorate;in 1996 the figure was 40%
c. electorate, and in 1996 40%
d.electorate, 40% in 1996 was the figure
e. electorate that fell to 40% in 1996

Why not E option?

because E doen't make sense. It compares votes with electorate. The electorate fell OR the votes ???

here the best thing is to spot suddenly that a semicolon is used only to connect 2 indipendent clauses and AND to introduce a list or an explanation.

based on ONLY on this assumption the answer is B

moreover You have the beginning of the sentence with In 1972............in 1996. To maintain the things parallel and logical

I hope it is clear now

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25 Sep 2017, 23:20
Concept Tested

• A semi-colon should always be followed by a independent clause. It should have a working verb
• Two independent clause cannot be joined by a simple comma. This is called a 'Run-on' sentence and not allowed
• 'And' is a coordinating conjunction. It used to connect two independent clauses. Both the clauses should have a working verb
• Meaning of the sentence should be clear and logical

A. Semi-colon not followed by an Independent clause
B. Clear and correct.
C. 'And' is not joining two independent clauses
D. Run on sentence
E. Illogical. tells that Electorate fell to 40%

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Re: In 1972 votes were cast by 55% of the electorate;and 40% in  [#permalink]

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26 Sep 2017, 07:58
rajathpanta wrote:
In 1972 votes were cast by 55% of the electorate;and 40% in 1996.

a. electorate;and 40% in 1996 the figure was 40%
b. electorate;in 1996 the figure was 40%
c. electorate, and in 1996 40%
d.electorate, 40% in 1996 was the figure
e. electorate that fell to 40% in 1996

55% refers to the figure... so in B the comparison is done better,,,

ans B
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26 Sep 2017, 08:29
I think in B second sentence is dependent clause. How can we connect independent and dependent clause using semicolon?

I think answer should be C.

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26 Sep 2017, 09:05
IMHO - In Option B - "In 1996 the figure was 40%" is an Independent clause. It can stand on its own. 'Figure' is the noun and 'was' is the working verb.

However in Option C - "in 1996 40%" is not an Independent clause. It has no noun and working verb.

goalMBA1990 wrote:
I think in B second sentence is dependent clause. How can we connect independent and dependent clause using semicolon?

I think answer should be C.

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