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Robyn Starkey rohina at
Thu Jan 22 20:40:21 EST 2004

>"Harry had the impression that Krum was drawing her attention back onto
>himself; perhaps to remind her that he had just rescued her from the lake,
>but Hermione pushed the beetle away impatiently and said, 'You're well
>outside the time-limit, though, Harry ... Did it take you ages to find
>Why a semi-colon after "himself"?  I would have said it made the sentence
>actively wrong, and a comma would do the job there.  If it were after
>"lake" it would be less wrong (though purists wouldn't like a semi-colon
>before a conjunction).

I think the semicolon is awkward, but technically, since what follows is an 
independent clause, it is correct. It would not be correct before the "but"

>These aren't the only examples; just above on the same page we have:
>"He was the only judge who had not left the table; the only judge not
>showing signs of pleasure and relief that Harry, Ron and Fleur's sister had
>got back safely."
>Why a semi-colon after "table" rather than a comma

No idea. It's wrong, unless there's a "he was" after the semicolon.

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