Needing help with commas and semicolon usage

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thaservices1
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Needing help with commas and semicolon usage

Post by thaservices1 » 04 Jun 2018, 16:37

I have a few sentences I would appreciate someone looking over and letting me know if my punctuation usage is correct.

1. As for the overall theme of the novel, it is very pro-gun control.

2. With the NRA offering hefty savings to the elderly in their Armed Seniors Discount Program, the rising crime rate against seniors and their own new unpleasant experiences; the question to arm themselves becomes a large topic in their daily lives.

3. I cannot say it's hair-raising or edge of the seat thrilling, but there were some, "oh my gosh, is he gonna....???" moments in there.

4. The VT2 sport-watch is like nothing ever seen before. Capable of lab grade physiological observation in real time, its stunning algorithms can even predict the time of death accurately to within 30 days. (This was originally one sentence, did I break it up improperly?)

5. Politics, immigration, and gun control just scratch the surface. (I ran this through two different grammar checkers and they disagree on the comma after immigration)

6. More often though it feels like an open debate rather than a closed argument. (the grammar checks do not like the word closed in this sentence but if I change it to closing the meaning is lost)

7. I found no editing or grammatical errors, but there was a scene where the author refers to himself, "the author", and you, "the reader".

8. Overall, I enjoyed the book, but the conclusion felt very rushed.
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Post by jgraney8 » 08 Jun 2018, 16:14

On a quick review, the sentences look correctly punctuated. The sentence
Politics, immigration, and gun control just scratch the surface. (I ran this through two different grammar checkers and they disagree on the comma after immigration)
depends upon whether or not the grammar checker has been programmed for the Oxford comma rule, a can of worms not to be opened here. In that case, I would agree with your use of the comma.
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Post by thaservices1 » 09 Jun 2018, 18:14

jgraney8 wrote:
08 Jun 2018, 16:14
On a quick review, the sentences look correctly punctuated. The sentence
Politics, immigration, and gun control just scratch the surface. (I ran this through two different grammar checkers and they disagree on the comma after immigration)
depends upon whether or not the grammar checker has been programmed for the Oxford comma rule, a can of worms not to be opened here. In that case, I would agree with your use of the comma.
Thank you very much :D
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