Comma Splices

January 28th, 2021 in Grammar by April Michelle Davis 0

A comma splice occurs when two main clauses are linked by only a comma.

Example: It was raining hard, I decided to stay at home.

Comma splices can be corrected by (1) replacing the comma with a period, (2) replacing the comma with a semicolon, or (3) inserting a coordinating conjunction immediately after the comma.

Depending on the meaning of the sentence, the following coordinating conjunctions could be inserted: and, but, or, not, for, so, yet.

Correction: It was raining hard. I decided to stay at home.

Correction: It was raining hard; I decided to stay at home.

Correction: It was raining hard, so I decided to stay at home.

 

Try It!

Below is a rough draft of an essay that includes several comma splices. Find and correct them. These changes will not only make the essay flow and be grammatically correct, they will allow the readers to understand what the author is trying to communicate.

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