Illustrator: joining paths question

This is something that has stumped me, and I am sure there is a simple answer that I am not finding.

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When I cut a path, and then have a bunch of unjoined paths, and want them to be joined to become one shape, when I chose Path, Join, it connects the dots, but the logic doesn’t seem logical to me.
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Is there a better way of doing this?

Thank you!!!

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AI is guessing based on some magic Adobe math. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s really dumb.
To force it to do what you want - use the white direct selection arrow or lasso to select two overlapping points on different paths at a time and join them (ctrl/cmd+j), then select the other two and join them. Continue until everything is done.

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Ps) If there are a lot of segments to join, and they are all touching you can cheat and use the bucket to make a live paint object, expand it to get a filled shape, then just turn off the fill. Depending on how the object is built, you might have a few extraneous lines to delete.

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That is awesome! Thank you!!

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