Frame 173, Page 56 - Why is 'a' more logical?

I think that answer 'b' is more logical than 'a'. Why is the answer 'a'?

ANSWER:

I think that the confusion is caused by the absence of the word "law" in front of "firm."

We become partners in law firms.

I'm sure you'll be able to see the logic now.

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Frame 187, Page 28 - Can I use a semicolon to correct the sentence?

Is it okay that I correct sentence to 'Because it began to rain; the people got out their umbrellas'?

ANSWER:

You're very close! Instead of a semicolon, you need a comma:

Because it began to rain, the people got out their umbrellas.

Both sides of the semicolon must have at least one independent clause.

"Because it began to rain" is a dependent clause, not an independent clause; it begins with the subordinating conjunction "because." (See iEnglish 201, frame 19.)

This type of sentence, where we have a dependent clause combined with an independent clause is called a complex sentence. It differs from the compound sentence, which must contain at least two independent clauses.

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