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No, none of those semicolons work. A semicolon is used to connect two independent clauses (i.e. things that could be a complete sentence) that are related to each other. If you have only a sentence fragment on one side, a semicolon cannot be used; normally a comma or a dash would be called for there. In several cases, you have a topic fragment and then a ...


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On purely semantic grounds, OP's example usage is simply not valid English. It should be... "I reject Maria in favor of George" Note this definition from dictionary.com... favor Idioms, sense 18 in favor of a. on the side of; in support of: to be in favor of reduced taxation. b. to the advantage of. c. (of a check, draft, etc.) payable ...


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This usage seems confusing, to say the least. Having a look at Merriam-Webster online, we find this: 7 behalf, interest — in favor of [...] 3 : in order to choose : out of preference for turned down the scholarship in favor of a pro career In that example, the pro career was favoured, it was chosen. If I would write I turned down Maria ...



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