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I came across this sentence and I would like to rewrite it in different ways ?

This car has a six-litre engine and therefore uses a lot of petrol.(source)

So can I write

  1. This car has a six-litre engine and it therefore uses a lot of petrol.
  2. This car has a six-litre engine, it therefore uses a lot of petrol.
  3. This car has a six-litre engine; therefore uses a lot of petrol.
  4. This car has a six-litre engine; therefore,it uses a lot of petrol.
  • Number 2 is a comma splice and 99% teachers will mark it as an error. – user6951 Jan 23 '15 at 0:02
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Sentence #1 is correct. I'd put a comma after "engine", but that's just a minor style thing. It's correct as is.

Sentence #2 is incorrect. It's a comma splice. To make it correct, you need to replace the comma with a semicolon.

Sentence #3 is incorrect. You need a subject for "uses". To accomplish this, either (1) put the "it" back in (so that "it" is the subject of "uses"), or (2) put the "and" back in (so that "this car" is the subject of "uses").

Sentence #4 is correct. Very formal, but correct.

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  • I would not use a semi-colon at all between dependent phrases. – user3169 Jan 23 '15 at 0:21
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  1. This car has a six-litre engine and it therefore uses a lot of petrol. Yes

  2. This car has a six-litre engine, it therefore uses a lot of petrol. Yes, though it sounds a little too formal.

  3. This car has a six-litre engine; therefore uses a lot of petrol. No.
  4. This car has a six-litre engine; therefore,it uses a lot of petrol. Yes, but the comma seems unnecessary
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    You can also say Number 1 without it. I think this is what you are trying to say with Number 3. – user6951 Jan 23 '15 at 0:03
  • @δοῦλος without it it turns to be original sentence.:) lol – Mrt Jan 23 '15 at 0:06
  • That's true δοῦλος but you do need the "and". BTW how do I pronounce "δοῦλος"?? – brendan Jan 23 '15 at 0:06
  • @bh do you think I should use semi-colon in the second sentence and the third sentence is incomplete ? – Mrt Jan 23 '15 at 0:15
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    I don't bother reading original sentences. - lol (Actually I was reading quickly and didn't notice it.) @bh, the pronunciation is approximately 'DO- loase You can hear it at Forvo, except The pronunciation at forvo stretches out the first syllable a bit much. – user6951 Jan 23 '15 at 0:23

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