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Thursday, April 28, 2016 5 Easy Comma Splice Fixes

A comma splice is the incorrect use of commas to separate two independent clauses, commas are supposed to separate a dependent from an independent clause. If you want an example of a comma splice, revisit the previous sentence. Notice how both clauses before and after the comma are independent.

Relax…there are five different solutions to use and they’re super simple to learn:

1. Replace comma splices with semicolons (;).

You take away the semicolon’s thunder when you make a comma do its job of splitting independent clauses. Let the semicolon have its day!

Example: A comma splice is the incorrect use of commas to separate two independent clauses; commas are supposed to separate a dependent from an independent clause.

2. Break the sentence up into two sentences.

Since they are both independent clauses, you are allowed to break them up with a period. But if you do, make sure that neither is too short. If one of them is too short, then consider either adding to that one more or choosing another of these fine routes.

Example: A comma splice is the incorrect use of commas to separate two independent clauses. Commas are supposed to separate a dependent from an independent clause.

3. Add a coordinating conjunction.

This means putting a word like “but” or “and” after the comma to make the second clause independent.

Example: A comma splice is the incorrect use of commas to separate two independent clauses, and commas are supposed to separate a dependent from an independent clause.

4. Combine the two clauses together to get rid of the comma.

By doing this, you learn how to reorient sentences and discover new ways to say the same thing, preventing redundancy.

Example: A comma splice is caused by incorrectly using a comma meant to separate a dependent from an independent clause in order to separate two independent clauses.

5. Add a subordinate conjunction.

This is similar to a coordinating conjunction except you use words like “while” or “whereas.”

Example: A comma splice is the incorrect use of commas to separate two independent clauses, whereas commas are supposed to separate a dependent from an independent clause.

Moral of the story: using a comma splice is like jamming a jigsaw piece into an incorrect position in the puzzle. Don’t listen to Shia Labeouf- DON’T do it!


 
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