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# Marconi's conception of the radio was as a substitute for th

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11 Nov 2017, 00:00
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"it" in the second clause can refer to "tool" or "telephone" so it can cause ambiguity
anyone agree with me?
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27 Dec 2017, 19:33
Agree with the correct answer choice above. However, can someone explain me the use of ; (Semi-Colon) I am getting this wrong every time? I know, we need to use a semi-colon when talking about 2 independent clauses. In the correct sentence here -

C. Marconi conceived of the radio as a tool for private conversation that could substitute for the telephone; instead, it has become -- > SV Pair are highlighted as both are independent clause.

What don't I understand is how the second clause can stand alone? What I know from my knowledge that the independent clause can stand alone. Here --> instead, it has become How do we know what are we talking about? to understand the meaning of 'it' we need to backlog the other clause. Right?

I know I am missing something, help me with this.
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27 Dec 2017, 20:32
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Agree with the correct answer choice above. However, can someone explain me the use of ; (Semi-Colon) I am getting this wrong every time? I know, we need to use a semi-colon when talking about 2 independent clauses.

Hi amitpandey25, you are absolutely correct. However, just for sake of clarity, we need to make a bit of a distinction here:

Two independent clauses can definitely be separated by a semicolon; however, the the presence of a semicolon does not mandate that two independent clauses must be present. In other words, if semicolon adds clarity to parallel parts of a sentence, then semicolon can be used between phrases as well.

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In the correct sentence here -

C. Marconi conceived of the radio as a tool for private conversation that could substitute for the telephone; instead, it has become -- > SV Pair are highlighted as both are independent clause.

What don't I understand is how the second clause can stand alone? What I know from my knowledge that the independent clause can stand alone. Here --> instead, it has become How do we know what are we talking about? to understand the meaning of 'it' we need to backlog the other clause. Right?

I know I am missing something, help me with this.

Words such as instead, moreover, likewise, and therefore are not subordinating conjunctions. So, basically these words can start an independent clause.

This is often a source of confusion for the candidates and hence, our book Sentence Correction Nirvana makes a special mention of these words and provides few examples. Have attached the corresponding section for your reference.
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17 Jan 2018, 09:33
How can we be sure about that 'it' refers to radio bu not to telephone or a toll ?

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