Comma Splices- Grammar Lesson

Comma Splices- Grammar Lesson - word like however, then,...

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9/24/07 Comma Splices: What are they? How do I correct the situation? Comma splices are independent clauses or groups of words that can stand alone as a sentence coming one after another. In easier to understand terms it is saying that comma splices join two complete sentences with a comma. You have six different choices, each of which will correct the sentence. The sentence: Education is an elusive word, it often means different things to different people. 1. Separate the clauses into two sentences. a. Education is an elusive word. It often means different things to different people. 2. Link the clauses with a comma and a coordinating conjunction (and, but, or, nor, for, so, or yet). a. Education is an elusive word, for it often means different things to different people. 3. Link the clauses with a semicolon. Ex. ; a. Education is an elusive word; it often means different things to different people. 3.1. If the clauses are linked with only a comma and a conjunctive adverb—a
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Unformatted text preview: word like however, then, thereforeadd a semicolon. b. Education is an elusive word; indeed, it often means different things to different people. 4. Recast the two clauses as one independent clause. a. An elusive word, education often means different things to different people. 5. Recast one independent clause as a dependent clause. a. Education is an elusive word because it often means different things to different people. 6. In informal writing, link the clauses with a dash. a. Education is an elusive word it often means different things to different people. Examples of other sentences that have comma splices: a. Boring is a term that many people would use to describe school, many others find it quite enjoyable. b. Joey went to the grocery store, he needed to buy eggs for supper. c. It is nearly half past five, we cannot reach town before dark....
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This note was uploaded on 05/06/2008 for the course ENGL 100 taught by Professor Letersky during the Fall '08 term at SUNY Fredonia.

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