One area in which I’ve noticed most students—even some of the best ones—feel uncomfortable is with advanced punctuation. By advanced punctuation I mean semicolons, colons, parenthesis, and em-dashes (notice how these are used in the first sentence), and how these punctuation marks are meant to coordinate ideas between different clauses.
Semicolons are the bane of many a student on the SAT. As soon as they see one they think run-on sentence or verbiage. The SAT definitely plays on this fear by including many correct answers in the Identifying the Error portion of the Writing Section. Below, I’ve included a few useful tips and examples to […]