Question

The morning dawned bright and clear: Peter and his family were ready for their long journey.

Choose the option that best corrects the underlined word.

A

clear;

B

clear ...

C

clear,

D

NO CHANGE

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Solution
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Correct option is A)

The semi colon represents a longer pause than comma. It is used to separate clauses which are loosely connected in thought. As, the given sentence consists of clauses that are not strongly connected., a semi colon must be used to link them. Thus, the correct answer is Option A.
Option B - An ellipsis is used to represent a trailing of thought.
Option C - A comma is used before a conjunction that joins two independent clauses.
Option D - A colon is used between sentences grammatically correct but closely related.

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