grammar

posted by annie

Is this the correct use of a semicolon?

From the harbors of Africa to the forests of Vietnam, mankind has glorified the most horrid of acts; the practice of murder.

  1. Jenny

    Yes I say it is and instead of horrid shouldn't it be the most horrific.

  2. Ms. Sue

    I'm sorry, but Jenny's answer isn't right.

    A semicolon is not the correct punctuation here. A colon is the better punctuation to use. These sites explain the usage of semicolons and colons.

    http://www.arts.uottawa.ca/writcent/hypergrammar/semicoln.html

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    The word "horrid" isn't the best word to use here, but it is correct.

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/horrid

    I'd prefer "most horrible of acts."

  3. annie

    I didn't write the sentence, it's just on a worksheet.

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