Grammar & Mechanics Module 1

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BA 324 – Business Communication Fall 2010 – Holmes Module One Combating Comma Splices You can vastly improve their writing by avoiding comma splices. First, recognize what a comma splice is. A comma splice results when two sentences are incorrectly joined or spliced together with a comma. Comma splices can be repaired by (a) adding a conjunction, (b) separating into two sentences, or (c) changing the comma to a semicolon. Comma Splice: Mark supervises shipping, Greta controls invoicing. Revisions: Mark supervises shipping, and Greta controls invoicing. (Add a conjunction.) Mark supervises shipping; however, Greta controls invoicing. (Add a conjunctive adverb.) Mark supervises shipping. Greta controls invoicing. (Separate into two sentences.) Mark supervises shipping; Greta controls invoicing. (Change comma to semicolon.) _______________________________________________________ Try your skill at revising the following sentences to avoid comma splices. If a sentence is correct, mark it C. Hint: Three sentences are correct.
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