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Hi,

My instructor disagrees with my choice of a comma instead of a semicolon. Could you take a look at the following sentance and check my punctuation? Thanks!Emotion: big smile

Radiant eliminated half their workforce, conserved their cash, hired a new development team and 18 months later introduced a technology with three times the cooling power.
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Hi Amused Medusa. Which comma did your instructor think should be a semicolon?
I'd say that commas were fine.

If you wanted a longer pause, a semi-colon would be ok; but it might seem a little mannered.

MrP
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Wait a minute, though. Is your instructor a big chap? Fairly muscular? Works out most evenings?

Uh huh. Thought so. Make it a semi-colon. I don't want any trouble...
I don't think you need a semicolon. I wouldn't replace either comma with one. It sounds like you are listing what the Radiant company did, so I think your choice of commas is correct.
Wait a minute, though. Is your instructor a big chap? Fairly muscular? Works out most evenings?

And I'll bet he wears a "Ducks but Guts" shirt!
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Well, if Medusa wasn't amused before, s/he is now.

By the way, welcome to English Forums, Amused Medusa. I like the commas so much that I would like to have just one more, after team.

Mister MicawberWell, if Medusa wasn't amused before, s/he is now.
I agree with you there!! Emotion: smile
Mister Micawber By the way, welcome to English Forums, Amused Medusa. I like the commas so much that I would like to have just one more, after team.
I agree that she could use the comma after team, but even dear ol' Betty (Azar, that is) says that it's optional.

I know LOTS of English teachers who are sticklers for the "comma before the coordinator" rule (usually literature professors), but I don't enforce it with my students. I'm not really sure why it is optional though. Do you know why?
For me...definitely, after the first two commas, a third one after 'team'.
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