comma splice or not: waste any more time, Snape might


Poland Polish
I have just come across a sentence in Harry Potter and the Philospher's Stone.
Is this sentence an example of a comma splice?

They couldn't afford to waste any more time, Snape might even now be playing Fluffy to sleep.
  • e2efour

    Senior Member
    UK English
    I believe it is (although I don't use terms like comma splice). We tend not to join two (independent?) clauses with a comma. We can use a dash (--) or a new sentence, for example. Or we can add "since" before the second clause.
    There are exceptions, especially when the sentence is a short one.


    Senior Member
    English English
    Or a colon [:] would fit quite nicely there too:)

    Or a semi-colon [;].

    Or a swung dash [~].

    But not a comma, not really.