Question: Regulating Pet Shops

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I understand the use of the semicolon to separate two independent clauses, but how is "this fact explains why various animal welfare groups want the government to regulate pet shops.' an independent clause? It seems totally dependent on the first sentence. If it is a stand alone sentence, what is "this fact" relating to?
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That's a great point.

We actually don't consider missing pronoun antecedents when determining whether a clause is dependent or not.

Are these questions medium level or high level ?
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I'd say that this question is approximately 600-level

I was stuck between A and C, then chose A because C changes the meaning of the sentence(?). How can one infer that this is indisputably FACT and especially when there's the word typically (i.e. it can't be fact): "Pet shops typically do not screen buyers as well as breeders do?"

I think A could is actually more accurate
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It really comes down to the question "Who/what explains why various animal welfare groups want the government to regulate pet shops?"

With answer choice A, the above question is not answered.

I don't think answer choice C changes the meaning of the sentence. It merely answers the question "Who/what explains why various animal welfare groups want the government to regulate pet shops?"

Hi Brent,

why did we consider the 2nd clause as independent. if I read it alone I wouldn't know what fact are we discussing"not a complete thought". thanks in advance
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I think you might be agreeing with the explanation in the video :-)

You are correct to conclude that the second clause does, indeed, express a complete thought. This makes the clause independent.

If a clause expresses a complete thought, then the clause is independent.

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