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I had a test task for the position of freelance writer for sewing website. I did the writing part, but they asked me to explain some points in my text. How can I prove punctuation in a), b) and c) cases?

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  • Apart from c, at which point I would probably use a colon or start a fresh sentence instead of using the dash and correct the spelling error so that 'resized' becomes 'resizer' I can't see a problem. They might prefer 'said' to 'mentioned' at a in which case you could drop the second 'that' and the comma underlined at b but these are a matter of preferred style which you can only get from extensive viewing of the website or from a style or writing standards manual which they may or may not provide. Sorry, can't be of any more help than that. – BoldBen Sep 13 '20 at 9:44
  • Anyway, thank you for your opinion – TiWill Sep 14 '20 at 4:26
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The first sentence is understood as

Many users mentioned that the budget friendly price makes this software attractive for beginners, and [many users mentioned] that you get a lot for your money since it features 25 built-in lettering fonts and five monogramming fonts.

“that the budget friendly price makes this software attractive for beginners” is a noun clause (a content clause) and is the object of “mentioned”

“that you get a lot for your money since it features 25 built-in lettering fonts and five monogramming fonts” is also a noun clause (a content clause) and is also the object of “mentioned”

You can reduce the whole sentence to “Many users mentioned A and B.”

You will note that there is no comma following “A”, however there is one following “beginners”. That comma is not required but it is inserted as a “pause” comma to aid reading because the first object clause is quite long.

The dash between “software” and “a simple” could be replaced by a full stop, a colon or a semicolon – it is conjunctive but a comma would be wrong as it would result in a comma splice.

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