Tutor profile: Julie D.
How do you start when you sit down to write your college application essay?
Start by brainstorming some details about yourself that you feel make you special. Don't worry about how it looks, and don't hold back--this is just for you. Make a list of your hobbies--what interests you? Make a list of some experiences you've had that you feel are special and important--what experiences do you think have shaped you into who you are today? Make a list of people who have been special and influential in your life--how have they impacted you?
How do you correctly use a semi-colon in a sentence?
Semi-colons can be used in two ways--they are a great choice for connecting two independent clauses that are closely related in content. For example: Sasha brought a loaf of bread; Sam brought a jar of jam. Semi-colons can also be used to separate groups of items in a list. For example: The students brought a box of sandwiches, including ham and cheese on rye; peanut butter and jelly on sourdough; turkey and avocado on whole wheat.
Here is a comma splice: Jack jumped over the candlestick, he burnt his pants! Which of the following corrects the comma splice: 1. Jack jumped over the candlestick; he burnt his pants! 2. Jack jumped over the candlestick. He burnt his pants! 3. Jack jumped over the candlestick, and he burnt his pants!
The answer is: all three answers are correct! A comma splice is a kind of run-on sentence that presents two independent clauses (think complete sentences) connected with a comma. Comma splices can be punctuated correctly by replacing the comma with a semi-colon, a period, or a comma with a coordinating conjunction, such as "and."
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