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Hi everyone. Can I replace the semi-colon by a comma in the following setence? Can I do by a period?

Hundreds of people cross the border from the US to Canada every day; therefore, it is not possible to search all of them carefully.

Thanks.

LiJ
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Hi LiJ

That is generally true, but because your sentence uses the word 'therefore' there isn't really much difference. The word 'therefore' makes a strong connection itself. What bothers me a little bit about your sentence is the clutter of punctuation around the word 'therefore'.
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LiveinjapanHi everyone. Can I replace the semi-colon by a comma in the following setence? Can I do by a period?

Hundreds of people cross the border from the US to Canada every day; therefore, it is not possible to search all of them carefully.
Can I replace the semi-colon by a comma in the following sentence?
A comma cannot be used. A period can be used.
A comma cannot be used because Hundreds of people cross the border from the US to Canada every day is by itself a sentence.
I hope this helps.

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Thank you Liat.

When a semi-colon is used, the first sentence is linked the second sentence a bit stronger than when they are spliced together by a period.

Right?
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Thank you Yankee.Emotion: smile

the clutter of punctuation. I see what you mean. I would use a period.

LiJ
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YankeeHi LiJ

That is generally true, but because your sentence uses the word 'therefore' there isn't really much difference. The word 'therefore' makes a strong connection itself. What bothers me a little bit about your sentence is the clutter of punctuation around the word 'therefore'.
Do you mean you'd avoid using a semi-colon there, and use a period?

Hundreds of people cross the border from the US to Canada every day so therefore it is not possible to search all of them carefully.

Would suffice also

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Hundreds of people cross the border from the US to Canada every day so therefore it is not possible to search all of them carefully.

Would suffice also

Using 'so' and 'therefore' together is not a good alternative.

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