comma splice: what is it? / definition


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Tunisia - French
Dear teachers,

Would you please tell me what is a comma splice? May I have some examples, please?

Kind regards,
  • Bienvenidos

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    A comma splice is the mistaken use of a comma to separate two independent clauses (two sentences that can stand on their own).

    We saw Lisa at the store, she was wearing a red shirt.
    This is a comma splice. The comma should be a semicolon

    This is correct;
    We saw Lisa at the store; she was wearing a red shirt.

    You can also include a conjuction to fix a comma splice:

    Comma Splice: She was being rude, everyone noticed it.
    Semicolon: She was being rude; everyone noticed it.
    Conjunction: She was being rude, and everyone noticed it.