Comma splice

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Comma Splice
The comma splice is a common error, but it is an error that is easy to identify and fix. A comma splice occurs when two independent clauses (clauses thatcould be sentences on their own) are jammed together with a comma.
Here are a few examples:
• The chair is ugly, its fabric is tattered and worn.
• My dog is aconstant companion, he sleeps on my bed.
• My mom is coming home soon, I should finish my homework.
• I never eat early in the morning, I like to eat a late breakfast.
It iseasy to see that each of the clauses (on either side of the comma) could stand alone as a sentence.
Fixing a Comma Splice
So how can you fix each sentence above? Youmust do one of two things: either separate the clauses completely into two sentences or join the sides together with an appropriate connector.
You could use a semicolonor a word as a connector:
• The chair is ugly and its fabric is tattered and worn.
• The chair is ugly; its fabric is tattered and worn.
• My dog is a constantcompanion and he sleeps on my bed.
• My dog is a constant companion; he sleeps on my bed.
• My mom is coming home soon, so I should finish my homework.
• My mom is cominghome soon; I should finish my homework.
• I never eat early in the morning, but I like to eat a late breakfast.
• I never eat early in the morning; I like to eat alate breakfast.
If you don’t like the options above, simply split the clauses into two sentences.
• The chair is ugly! Its fabric is tattered and worn.
• My dog is aconstant companion. He sleeps on my bed.
• My mom is coming home soon? I should finish my homework.
• I never eat early in the morning. I like to eat a late breakfast.
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