0

Which of the following two sentences is correct?

She has passed the exam, therefore she can work in the company directly.

She has passed the exam and, therefore, she can work in the company directly.

3

Both are correct. You could replace the comma after "exam" with a semicolon in the first sentence, or add a comma between "exam" and "and" in the second, but both are stylistic preferences more than errors (and in the latter case, you'd end up with rather a lot of commas in a short distance).

0

The first sentence is an example of comma-splice; using the correct punctuation would require using a semicolon before therefore.

She has passed the exam; therefore, she can work in the company directly.

The second sentence is fine as it is.

She has passed the exam and, therefore, she can work in the company directly.

  • Thanks, but why we could not use comma and need to use the semicolon before "therefore"? – william007 Jul 26 '13 at 10:57
  • As said from Wikipedia, comma splices often arise when writers use conjunctive adverbs to separate two independent clauses instead of using a coordinating conjunction. A coordinating conjunction is one of the seven words: for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so. A conjunctive adverb is a word like furthermore, however, or moreover. – kiamlaluno Jul 26 '13 at 11:09
  • If you look at the list of conjunctive adverbs, therefore is one of those. – kiamlaluno Jul 26 '13 at 11:10

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.