Comma Splice or Run-On Sentence

Commas can be tricky. There are many our ESL students need to keep in mind here at Hancock International College when writing. A common phrase that international students might here is a “comma splice” often shortened to “CS” when a teacher is editing a paper. So what is a comma splice? Writingexplained.org explains it well saying:

“Comma splice definition: A comma splice is a term for a grammatical error that occurs when two main clauses are joined with only a comma. [... Meaning] two main (or independent) clauses are incorrectly combined using only a comma. Two independent clauses cannot be joined without a proper conjunction or without proper punctuation. Comma Splice Examples[:]

We went to the store, we bought apples.

This example has two independent clauses, one on each side of the comma. This sentence needs a comma with a conjunction or a semicolon to be grammatically correct.

The cat needs food, he is hungry.

Again, this example has two independent clauses. In order to be grammatically correct, this sentence needs to be split into two or a conjunction needs to be added. A comma splice also creates a run-on sentence. [...]

How to Fix a Comma Splice Sentence:

There are three ways to fix a comma splice. Create two independent clauses.

Incorrect: We went to the store, we bought apples.

Correct: We went to the store. We bought apples. Change the comma to a semicolon.

Incorrect: We went to the store, we bought apples.

Correct: We went to the store; we bought apples. Leave the comma and add a conjunction.

Incorrect: We went to the store, we bought apples.

Correct: We went to the store, and we bought apples. This kind of conjunction is known as a coordination conjunction.

NOTE: Only use a semicolon if the sentences are of equal length and of equal importance.”

Check out the full article with the URL below!

Full Article: https://writingexplained.org/grammar-dictionary/comma-splice

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