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It is always correct to split two full sentences with a period (full stop). But, you may use a semi-colon or colon to join separate sentences. But, where to use each is largely determined by the intention of joining those sentences. If the sentences are merely related, then a semi-colon is a good choice. Mary ate dinner; she had roasted chicken. ...


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All of them are correct, but "Why" in the second shouldn't be capitalized.


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Your current version is fine without any changes, although technically you shouldn't start a sentence with a conjunction so the last sentence you would drop the 'and' (also 'discussed' has two 's's): Many cases of animal suicide were discussed. A duck drowned itself after the death of its companion. A school of dolphins stranded on a beach with no ...


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If you consider the cases as a list you can write: Many cases of animal suicide were discussed: a duck drowned itself after the death of its companion, a school of dolphins stranded on a beach with no reason whatsoever, A deer threw itself from a cliff to avoid being eaten by hunting dogs. And the list went on and on.


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I wouldn't use commas, since each incident listed is in a complete sentence. But you want to group them together to show that it is a list, so semi-colons is the best solution. There were many cases of animal suicide in the paper. A duck drowned itself after the death of its companion; a school of dolphins [was] stranded on a beach with no reason ...


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Write what sounds natural. I like changing the verbs and joining with commas: There were many cases of animal suicide in the paper: a duck drowning itself after the death of its companion, a school of dolphins beaching itself for no apparent reason, a deer throwing itself from a cliff to avoid being eaten by hunting dogs. The list went on and on.


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If the final clause is to be introduced with an 'and', then they should be separated by commas. Whether you place a comma directly before the 'and' (a usage called the 'serial comma') is sometimes a matter of style, but in this case I would argue that it is necessary (from intuition, I'm not aware of the terminologies and conventions governing this ...



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