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# The biathlon is one of the world’s most demanding[u] sports, it combin

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The biathlon is one of the world’s most demanding sports, it combines the endurance of cross country skiing with the precision of expert marksmanship.

A. sports, it combines
B. sports; that combines
C. sports; it combines
D. sports, where they combine
E. sports in which they comb
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I know that the correct answer is C but could somebody explain me what the meaning of the sentence would become if that is used (without a semicolon)
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05 Aug 2015, 07:24
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A semicolon is most commonly used to link (in a single sentence) two independent clauses that are closely related in thought.

If that is used in the second sentence, we do not know what that is referring to and also the sentences are not independent clauses.
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13 Feb 2017, 12:37
freddie1987 wrote:
I know that the correct answer is C but could somebody explain me what the meaning of the sentence would become if that is used (without a semicolon)

The usage of semi-colon works just like a period. With a semi-colon, the two clauses can alone form a complete sentence.
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I know that the correct answer is C but could somebody explain me what the meaning of the sentence would become if that is used (without a semicolon)

Perhaps, you want to know whether the following will be correct, right?

The biathlon is one of the world’s most demanding sports that combines the endurance of cross country skiing with the precision of expert marksmanship.

You might see that the phrase 'sports that combines' is an SV error. Perhaps one might argue that the restrictive relative pronoun 'that' may refer to the singular biathlon. But it would not make a valid argument. Firstly because the restrictive pronoun limit its reference to what is in front except in rare cases when there is no proper noun to antecede. Secondly, that argument also implies illogically that biathlon is the only one demanding sport in the whole world.
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