2

Is this correctly punctuated?

He went to the bar to drown his sorrows; he is there now, probably drinking vodka.

closed as off-topic by AmE speaker, Edwin Ashworth, Glorfindel, Hellion, Rob_Ster Dec 1 '17 at 17:29

This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:

If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

  • 2
    Not yet. It has no full stop. – Nigel J Dec 1 '17 at 14:43
2

Yes, it is correct, except that you have to add a point (.) after your sentence.

Your original sentence means that you know he is in the bar, but isn’t sure if he is drinking vodka.

But there are other possibilities.

For example:

He went to the bar to drown his sorrows; he is there now probably, drinking vodka.

This sentence means that you don’t know if he is in the bar, however, if he is, he is drinking vodka.

Or you can add a coma after there in your original sentence, but it won’t make any changes in your sentence.

  • Please don't answer questions that are unsuitable on ELU. And we always try to avoid comas. – Edwin Ashworth Dec 1 '17 at 14:59
  • 1
    Okay, then. @EdwinAshworth I was just trying to help :) – Me myself and I Dec 1 '17 at 15:04
  • 2
    It's far more helpful for a new contributor to read and heed the advice given at the Help Center. – Edwin Ashworth Dec 1 '17 at 15:06
  • Sorry @EdwinAshworth – Me myself and I Dec 1 '17 at 15:06
2

I think you mean: “Is this sentence correctly punctuated?”.

There is one definite error: You need a full stop at the end. “He is there now... “ is too separate an event to warrant the semi-colon.

One way to test is to read it out loud. For me, there is a significant pause.

Many people disagree about the correct use of semi-colons. however, my feeling is that your semi-colon should be a full stop.

  • Please don't answer questions that are unsuitable on ELU. – Edwin Ashworth Dec 1 '17 at 14:59
  • 1
    Yes, of course, you are right. Sorry. – Tuffy Dec 1 '17 at 15:07

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.