Comma Splice: Practice 4

Commas splice (CS): A comma splice occurs when two independent clauses are joined by only a comma.

Comma splice: IC, IC.
Example: We hiked for three weeks, we were very tired.

Some Easy Ways to Correct Comma Splices

1. Change the comma to a period and capitalize the next word. (IC. IC.)

     Correct: We hiked for three weeks. We were very tired.

2. Change the comma to a semicolon. (IC; IC.)

     Correct: We hiked for three weeks; we were very tired.

3. Add a coordinating conjunction before the second independent clause.
    Coordinating conjunctions: and, or, but, nor, for, so, yet. (IC, CC IC)

     Correct: We hiked for three weeks, so we were very tired.

Caution: Don't simply delete the comma; this will create a run-on or fused sentence.

Directions: For each sentence below, write CS if the sentence is a comma splice or C if the sentence is correct. Correct any comma splices using one of the methods described above.

1. My son was a very healthy child, however, my daughter is often sick.

2. My daughter, however, has never broken a bone.

3. Geoffrey broke his wrist by falling from a seesaw, he broke his arm by falling from a ladder.

4. The seesaw accident was not his fault, however, he should not have been on the ladder.

5. He was supposed to be watching his little sister, instead he was hanging lights for an end-of-year party.

6. I let him invite his friends to the party, I did not know he had 200 friends.

7. The party was a nightmare for me, furthermore, it bothered the neighbors.

8. There were teenagers everywhere, for example, they filled the kitchen, the living room, the deck, and even the loft in     the garage.

9. At 10:00 p.m. I asked these teens to go home, by midnight there were only 12 "friends" left.

10. All twelve asked to spend the night, and five of the 12 were girls.

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