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Hi, everyone.

Could you help me understand the following sentence grammatically?

Is "that of the slowest car in the procession" describing the word "pace"?

Why is comma used before" that....."?

Can the semi-colons be replaced with a comma and and (, and )?

This pursuit is conducted by all at a uniform pace, that of the slowest car in the procession; it is impossible to see the road for the cars, or the scenery, since looking aside would cause an accident; all the occupants of all the cars are absorbed in the desire to pass other cars, which they cannot do on account of the crowd; if their minds wander from this preoccupation, as will happen occasionally to those who are not themselves driving, unutterable boredom seizes upon them and stamps their features with trivial discontent.

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Thanks!

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silak12Why is a comma used before" that....."?

The words 'that of the slowest car in the process are in apposition to 'uniform pace'. Commas are normally used before appositives.

silak12Can the semi-colons be replaced with a comma and and (, and )?

You'd have a rather breathless sentence if you did that.

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silak12This pursuit is conducted by all at a uniform pace, that of the slowest car in the procession

Consider the paraphrase below and it may help you to understand it:

This pursuit is conducted by all at a uniform pace, namely, the pace of the slowest car in the procession

silak12understand ... grammatically?

The grammatical device is called 'apposition', which you can read about online.

CJ

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fivejedjonYou'd have a rather breathless sentence if you did that.
Actually I meant to ask which coordinating conjunctions were the semicolons replacing?

It's just about possible to use conjunctions in that sentence, but that does not mean the semi-colons are replacing anything; they are serving a purpose of their own (like the one I just used).

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Thanks sir for your helpful replies.

I would be much obliged if you could specify that purpose.

fivejedjonthey are serving a purpose of their own (
silak12Thanks sir

I appreciate your desire, but we are all members together here.We don't address each other as 'sir'. Those of us who are male don't need it; those of us who are female don't l like the assumption that all who respond must be male.

silak12I would be much obliged if you could specify that purpose.

A semi-colon serves to mark a slight pause/break . In your sentence, the break are between moderately long items in a list of situations.

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we are all members together here.We don't address each other as 'sir'. Those of us who are male don't need it; those of us who are female don't l like the assumption that all who respond must be male.

I see. Thank you very much for reminding me and for your precious time.