Comma splice

Comma (Polygonia C-Album)

Comma (Polygonia C-Album) by Peter Broster Attribution-NonCommercial License

This week I came across a particular grammatical error several times in material I was editing for others – the comma splice. This is what its called when two sentences are joined with a comma instead of a full stop. Here is an example:

Jane skipped down the road, she was very happy.

Lots of people make this mistake, so it must be hard for them to notice. If the sentence above doesn’t feel strange to you, then it might be hard for you to notice too and you might have to check your writing carefully.

Comma splices can be fixed in a number of ways. A simple way is just to replace the comma with a full stop, but there are other ways too. Robin L. Simmons at Grammar Bytes has a nice simple guide here: http://www.chompchomp.com/terms/commasplice.htm

Advertisements

One thought on “Comma splice

  1. Pingback: Long sentences | MVM learning

Leave a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s