I was going through two questions on an ACT Practice test and was wondering about the choice of punctuation.
To add to the confusion, every New Year's Day a person according to this Korean counting system, becomes a year older, regardless of his or her actual birthday.
According to the test, there should be a comma between person and according. Can anyone explain why?
Problem 2: Other letters are solemn; speaking of relatives and friends who had died.
According to the test, the semi-colon should be replaced with a comma. However, I thought that there are two independent clauses, so there should be a semi-colon or period. Please explain why there is a comma.