The Comma Splice is one of the most common punctuation errors. I’m not sure why that is, but if you are making that mistake, you have some good company.
However, you need to learn how to correct the error and to write correctly.
Compare to the period. When I wrote about the period, I mentioned that you might called the period a “full stop.”
Understand the sentence. So, the key is to understand what comprises a sentence.
Basically, the end of a sentence must have a period or full-stop.
Comma Splice. The comma splice is the error that results when – instead of the period or “full stop” – you add a comma at the end of the sentence. You are, in fact, “splicing together” two sentences with only a comma.
And we all know that the end of a sentence requires a period – not a comma.
Let’s take an example.
John is going to Disney World next week. (Correct)
The above is a sentence. It has a subject and a verb. It also has a few modifiers which help to make the sentence particularly meaningful.
The basics required to make a sentence, however, are only a subject and verb. “John is going.”
Punctuation. Note the punctuation at the end of the sentence.
Now, if we add another sentence, we need to punctuate it in the same way.
John is going to Disney World next week. In April, he is travelling to Canada. (Correct)
The comma splice, on the other hand, would look like the following:
John is going to Disney world next week, in April, he is travelling to Canada. (Incorrect)
Here are other examples of the error:
The correct versions would be:
It seems so straightforward to avoid this common error. But when you think quickly and write quickly – without really thinking – then it may be quite easy to make mistakes!
A sentence can be considered as one complete thought.
So, you should be able to conquer that challenge with the dreaded comma splice if you
Here are some test questions to test yourself:
Are these correct or incorrect?
Here are the answers and corrections:
It doesn’t matter what kind of letter you need to write. You should always plan what you want to say before you start writing. (Correct)
By making an outline, you will keep your thoughts organized. Here are some areas to think about as you plan. (Correct)
I’ll not try to offer suggestions on the format, as others are clearly more qualified to do that. I am more concerned about the location and date of the gathering. (Correct)
LINK - Link from Comma Splice to Comma Rules.