Comma Splice: Practice 4 Answer Key

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. Suggested corrections are in red.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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