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# Sentence correction question

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11 Sep 2006, 13:47
Hi All,

I have been having problem with the usage of ";" on the sentence correction. Can anyone tell me when do we need to use a ";" in the sentence.

Another question is related to usage of "as" and "like". Can anyone tell me the difference between the usage of each of them?

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11 Sep 2006, 15:19
lonesome307 wrote:
Hi All,

I have been having problem with the usage of ";" on the sentence correction. Can anyone tell me when do we need to use a ";" in the sentence.

Another question is related to usage of "as" and "like". Can anyone tell me the difference between the usage of each of them?

Thanks

A semicolon ; is used if there are 2 independent clauses.

For eg.,
I want to ace GMAT; That takes a lot of effort from me

The above 2 are independent clauses

For more to learn go to this link
http://wwwold.ccc.commnet.edu/sensen/pa ... colon.html

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11 Sep 2006, 16:51
I will try to answer this.

But I think M-GMAT has a special section addressing this very clearly. If you get a chance, review that. I don't have the book with me at the moment.

from GMAT point of view, make sure if there is a ";" then the sentence following ";" should be able to stand on its own. ";" is used in a compound sentences, combining to "independent" clauses. "Independent" is key.

As far as "like" and "as"

Use "like" when comparing nouns or pronouns , otherwise use "as" ( I think more precisely in case of verb phrase or noun phrase , use "as" )

then there is "such as" which is used to sight examples, as opposed to "like" where things are compared.
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12 Sep 2006, 01:01
lonesome307 wrote:
Hi All,

I have been having problem with the usage of ";" on the sentence correction. Can anyone tell me when do we need to use a ";" in the sentence.

Another question is related to usage of "as" and "like". Can anyone tell me the difference between the usage of each of them?

Thanks

as - used to compare verbs:

eg. He walks as fast as I do.

like - used to compare nouns.

eg. His car is just like mine.

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12 Sep 2006, 11:53
Thank you so much for everyone's help in answering my questions. This forum is so helpful!

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