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# Mauritius was a British colony for almost 200 years, excepting for the

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22 Dec 2017, 22:22
I have a question regarding the non-underlined part of this sentence. Assuming the sentence is corrected by replacing the underlined sentence with option C, can we make administration parallel to teaching?

domains of administration || domains of teaching ? Isn't administration a noun and teaching (if this case used as a noun) a gerund.

Mauritius was a British colony for almost 200 years, but except in the domains of administration and teaching, the English language was never really spoken on the island.
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13 Jan 2018, 12:08
egmat wrote:
anandch1994 wrote:
egmat and mikemcgarry
Can you please help me splitting up the sentences into clauses. According to the og solution the two clauses here are
1) Mauritius was a British.......200 years
2) expecting...island
Why cant i split it into two clauses this way:
1)Mauritius was...teaching ( being the first clause)
2)the english....island

Hello anandch1994,

Let's take a good look at the sentence:

Mauritius was a British colony for almost 200 years, excepting for the domains of administration and teaching,

the English language was never really spoken on the island
.

(subjects = blue, verbs = green)

As you can see, the sentence has above-mentioned two clauses. Both the clauses are Independent clauses (ICs) as the phrase excepting for... just acts as a modifier for the second IC. These two ICs are connected by just a comma. This structure is not correct as two ICs need comma + FANBOYS or a semicolon or a dash in between for grammatical connection.

On the basis of this connection in the sentence, we can eliminate Choice A, B, and E.

Now between Choice C and D, C is the correct answer as it uses the correct idiom except in.

Hope this helps.
Thanks.

Regarding to this part of the sentence "excepting for the domains of administration and teaching", is this sependent clause ? or
phrase ? why we need FANBOYS since this part between 2 independent clauses ?
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