Tutor profile: Teresa B.
I never understand when I should use a semi-colon, a period, or a comma.
Generally, you will use a semi-colon to join two independent clauses. It is a judgment call whether to use a semi-colon or a period. An independent clause can stand on its own; it could be a complete sentence with a period. In this example, the two clauses are so closely connected, I decided to use a semi-colon but it would also be correct to write: An independent clause can stand on its own. It could be a complete sentence with a period. Commas on the other hand, would never be used instead of a period. They can be used to connect lists, set off introductory phrases, or distinguish parenthetical phrases. The previous sentence shows a list. The sentence that begins with “in this example” demonstrates an introductory phrase. Punctuation use is both art and science. With practice you can use correct punctuation to make your sentences communicate both efficiently and eloquently. Depending on what you’re writing, you may want to consult a Style Manual to assure you’re punctuating correctly for the type of writing you are doing. Let me know what you’re writing and I can suggest an appropriate style manual. Please, let me know if you have additional question or if you want to show me an example of a sentence you’re struggling to punctuate.
Subject: Library and Information Science
How can I find information about levels of education for the population in Idaho broken down by racial and ethnic categories.
One of the best sources for statistical information in the United States is the U.S. Census Bureau. You can find educational attainment for the U.S. and for individual states and counties in the American Community Survey. https://data.census.gov/cedsci/all?q=educational%20attainment&tid=ACSST1Y2018.S1501&t=Educational%20Attainment&hidePreview=false
Does federal or state law apply when a traffic accident occurs on an interstate highway between two vehicles from different states?
The answer to this question depends on the context and it is important to have all the details before you answer this question. If the problem is criminal in nature, state law will likely apply. For example, if one driver is charged with driving in a criminally negligent manner, the crime will be governed by the law of the state in which the crime occurred. Similarly, in a civil lawsuit for negligence, the law of the state in which the accident occurred will apply. However, if the claim is brought in federal court, federal rules of procedure will apply. Also, if one of the vehicles is owned by the federal government, federal laws may apply. The bottom line is that state law will most likely apply, but beware of circumstances that may implicate federal law as well.
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