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The century plant, Agave americana , is an example

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The century plant, Agave americana , is an example of a variety of agave that uses most of its energy to produce a single, large, fast-growing flower; dies ; and leaves a long seed stalk.

A. that uses most of its energy to produce a single, large, fast-growing flower; dies
B. using most of its energy to produce a single, large, fast-growing flower; dies
C. that uses most of its energy to produce a single, large, fast-growing flower; and then dying
D. that, after it uses most of its energy to produce a single, large, fast-growing flower; it then dies
E. that as it uses most of its energy to produce a single, large, fast-growing flower; then dies
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VyshakhR1995 wrote:
The century plant, Agave americana , is an example of a variety of agave that uses most of its energy to produce a single, large, fast-growing flower; dies ; and leaves a long seed stalk.

that uses most of its energy to produce a single, large, fast-growing flower; dies
using most of its energy to produce a single, large, fast-growing flower; dies
that uses most of its energy to produce a single, large, fast-growing flower; and then dying
that, after it uses most of its energy to produce a single, large, fast-growing flower; it then dies
that as it uses most of its energy to produce a single, large, fast-growing flower; then dies



if i have to select one answer , i will select A ..but none looks correct to me...
we can use semicolon between two clauses or when providing a list of info ..
But here i am confused with the usage ..
Please help ....
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sobby wrote:
VyshakhR1995 wrote:
The century plant, Agave americana , is an example of a variety of agave that uses most of its energy to produce a single, large, fast-growing flower; dies ; and leaves a long seed stalk.

that uses most of its energy to produce a single, large, fast-growing flower; dies
using most of its energy to produce a single, large, fast-growing flower; dies
that uses most of its energy to produce a single, large, fast-growing flower; and then dying
that, after it uses most of its energy to produce a single, large, fast-growing flower; it then dies
that as it uses most of its energy to produce a single, large, fast-growing flower; then dies



if i have to select one answer , i will select A ..but none looks correct to me...
we can use semicolon between two clauses or when providing a list of info ..
But here i am confused with the usage ..
Please help ....




I think "uses,dies and leaves" forms a list which are separated by semicolon...Three actions done by agave
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VyshakhR1995 wrote:
sobby wrote:
VyshakhR1995 wrote:
The century plant, Agave americana , is an example of a variety of agave that uses most of its energy to produce a single, large, fast-growing flower; dies ; and leaves a long seed stalk.

that uses most of its energy to produce a single, large, fast-growing flower; dies
using most of its energy to produce a single, large, fast-growing flower; dies
that uses most of its energy to produce a single, large, fast-growing flower; and then dying
that, after it uses most of its energy to produce a single, large, fast-growing flower; it then dies
that as it uses most of its energy to produce a single, large, fast-growing flower; then dies



if i have to select one answer , i will select A ..but none looks correct to me...
we can use semicolon between two clauses or when providing a list of info ..
But here i am confused with the usage ..
Please help ....







I think "uses,dies and leaves" forms a list which are separated by semicolon...Three actions done by agave



why these are separated by semicolon , they would have separated well just by using commas only ,and also we use semicolon to separate two Independent clauses , carrying subject and verb .

please clarify
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New post 13 May 2017, 22:56
Semicolons can also be used to present a list.I think semicolons are used when elements are wordy,complicated or when there is a list within a list.They Removes ambiguity.
I think the usage of semicolon is justified------> first element of the list.
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