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What change (if needed) must be done with the following statement?
In addition to textbooks, the bookstore sells copy paper, printer ink, and paper clips.



A. No change.
B. In addition to textbooks, the bookstore sells; copy paper, printer ink, and paper clips.
C. In addition to textbooks, the bookstore sells copy paper, printer ink, and paper clips.
D. In addition to textbooks, the bookstore sells copy paper; printer ink; and paper clips.
Asked by Denzel, Last updated: Feb 15, 2020

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G. Roland

G. Roland, Professor, Austin

Answered Aug 27, 2018

The answer to this is C. It should be: In addition to textbooks, the bookstore sells copy paper, printer ink, and paper clips. There are a lot of people who usually become confused with the use of colons, semi-colons, and even commas. A colon can be used between independent clauses within a sentence.

This means that the first sentence will be described by the second sentence easily. Take note that you can only use a colon when there is no noun involved. A semicolon can be used to show the relation between the sentences. The comma is normally used to separate thoughts or items within a statement.

 

John Smith

John Smith

Answered Sep 09, 2016

In addition to textbooks, the bookstore sells copy paper, printer ink, and paper clips.
The colon is used incorrectly in the original sentence.
 

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