Linked Questions

1 vote
2 answers
2k views

Using Either a Comma or a Semicolon [duplicate]

My teacher was explaining how sometimes a comma isn't enough to make a sentence correct, and that sometimes you have to use a semicolon. I am having trouble figuring out when you should use which. ...
IHeartBunnies's user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
242 views

why are run-on sentences bad? [duplicate]

I have had questions on other boards edited with the reason "remove run on sentence" but why are they bad I went to one page and the example was I have a dog his name is George. The suggested ...
WendyG's user avatar
  • 2,429
0 votes
1 answer
787 views

Comma splice rule exception when listing things [duplicate]

I need help with the following sentence that I've encountered on the Wikipedia page titled "Literal and figurative language." His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry... Another example (...
Siegfried Zaytsev's user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
442 views

What are the exceptions for comma splice rule? [duplicate]

I understand that if two independent sentences are connected with a comma but without a conjunction it is considered a comma splice. Recently I have seen the below sentence in a book and to me it ...
Raj's user avatar
  • 35
1 vote
1 answer
107 views

Can we join two sentences with a comma if written in a conversational tone? Is this sentence grammatically correct? [duplicate]

Can we join two sentences with a comma if written in a conservational tone? Is this sentence grammatically correct? We also need to remember that donations need not be strictly only in cash, they can ...
John's user avatar
  • 19
0 votes
1 answer
65 views

Semicolons, full-stops and comma-splices [duplicate]

I came across these two sentences whilst editing today, and wondered what your opinions on the correct variations would be: They're great, I love them. vs. They're great; I love them. vs. They're ...
MSR's user avatar
  • 1
6 votes
1 answer
6k views

Comma Splice? "I'm curious, what is the time?"

I asked a question earlier regarding alternative ways of structuring indirect questions (please refer to this link). Forgive me if I'm over analyzing this, but I never write sentences like this so ...
Chris's user avatar
  • 125
6 votes
4 answers
927 views

Is the use of a semicolon in the sentence 'The south sided with the King; the north with the usurper.' correct?

I have read about the use of semicolons in the Penguin Guide to Punctuation by R. L. Trask. In the book, it gives a few essential rules that must be fulfilled for a semicolon to be used correctly: ...
Bryant Hightongue's user avatar
4 votes
4 answers
801 views

What stylistic or grammatical reasons prevent users and grammarians from reaching a consensus in the debate over the comma splice?

This is not a duplicate of earlier questions asking whether or why the comma splice is an error, because I am asking about the debate itself: unlike many another grammar rule that is widely accepted ...
English Student's user avatar
2 votes
2 answers
2k views

When to use a comma and a semi-colon when a word is repeated (repetition). [duplicate]

I'm confused with when to use a comma or semi-colon when a word is repeated for emphasis because it's a general rule if you are to write two independent sentences together, they must have a ...
Zebra's user avatar
  • 31
3 votes
1 answer
445 views

Deletion of "and"

He was left with two options. One was to disappear as far away from Spanish territory as possible, the other was to receive a bullet through his neck on the spot. This sentence bothers me ...
sooeithdk's user avatar
  • 513
0 votes
2 answers
4k views

Should I use a comma or a period in this sentence

Which of the sentences below is correct? My friend said the comma between holiday and can is correct, but I disagree. I feel like the sentence is better structured when you have a period between ...
user142781's user avatar
4 votes
1 answer
544 views

Does a period, semicolon, comma, or nothing go there?

Recently, I was being tongue in cheek when I wrote the following words: I'm quite dead, I assure you. Someone felt inclined to correct my grammar and say that it was a comma splice. They suggested ...
user avatar
2 votes
0 answers
1k views

Why is the comma splice an error? [duplicate]

It's always drilled into us that we shouldn't use comma splices. They're bad, to be avoided and poor form. But why? What makes the comma a faulty choice in something like this: I never liked ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
520 views

Comma splice or implied conjunction?

There was some confusion, Mother let me know. The sentence, on the one hand, has a comma splice, using a comma to connect two independent clauses. On the other hand, this is a case of an implied ...
Mateusz Buszko's user avatar

15 30 50 per page