Commas+and+semicolons - R ESTRICTIVE /N ONRESTRICTIVE...

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ENG 125.078, Fall 2008 Instructor: Lauren Squires C OMMA S PLICES Comma splices happen when a comma links two clauses with no coordinating conjunction. The cat is playing, the dog is eating. English is ok, I like Spanish better. I watched TV, he surfed the Web. Your paper must be excellent, you might not get an A. There are different languages used in the Diag, lots of people are around. Fix comma splices by: -Using a semicolon instead of a comma to link the clauses: The cat is playing; the dog is eating. English is ok; I like Spanish better. -Using a coordinating conjunction: I watched TV, but he surfed the Web. Your paper must be excellent, or you might not get an A. There are different languages used in the Diag, and lots of people are around. -Creating two sentences out of the clauses: The cat is playing. The dog is eating. I watched TV. He surfed the Web.
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Unformatted text preview: R ESTRICTIVE /N ONRESTRICTIVE ELEMENTS Restrictive elements limit the meaning of the noun they modify, changing the meaning of the subject. That and who/which can introduce restrictive clauses. Never set off restrictive elements with commas. The last paper that I thought was bad received an A. The cat whose name is Roly is playing; the cat whose name is Bobsy is sleeping. x The TV show, that Jacob watched, was violent. x An election, for president, was scheduled for November. x The buses, on North Campus, run every 15 minutes. Nonrestrictive elements don't alter the meaning of the subject. Always use commas with nonrestrictive elements (introduced by that or who / which ). The cat, whose name is Roly, is playing. The last paper, which I thought was bad, received an A....
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