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Questions on comma splices, i.e. commas used to join two independent clauses.

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When "I think" and "It would seem" appear offset by a comma at the end of a sentence, can they create a comma splice?

I am unsure whether what I have written below constitutes a comma splice error because of the addition of "it would seem" at the end. "He is a very clever man, almost too clever, it ...
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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 ...
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Is there a comma splice AND is this a restrictive or nonrestrictive clause?

I am still having trouble discerning restrictive vs non-restrictive (or essential vs non-essential) clauses when I am not modifying a noun with descriptions. Here is my example: My professor was ...
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a project involving training for children, teachers, and parents(,) was the most effective [duplicate]

is adding the comma before was necessary? a project involving training for children, teachers, and parents(,) was the most effective
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Are comma splices more common in British English or American English?

To me it seems that they are more common in British English than in American English (and I say that as a Brit). From what I have noticed, American politicians' writing tends to have fewer comma ...
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Why does this not cause a comma splice?

This sentence appeared on an SAT writing section Healthy arctic marine mammals have a thick layer of fat beneath the skin, whereas tropical marine mammals have very few fat reserves in their bodies” ...
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Can someone tell me if this sentence contains a comma splice?

My friend and I have been arguing about whether the construction of this sentence is correct. Here is the sentence in question: I love all of those books, some would say too much. He argued that this ...
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Clause between comma [duplicate]

When the number of observations is even, say 2n, it is customary to define the median as the average of the nth and (n +1)st rank-ordered values. The clause 'say 2n' between two comma appears to be ...
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Proofreading for punctuation [closed]

His movies took the world by storm and set important conversations into motion #1[,] from criticizing domestic violence #2[,] which he had been a victim of #3[,] to advocating for free speech #4[,] a ...
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What is a comma splice without a verb called? [duplicate]

Take as an example the sentence: "The monk is skinny, his arms lean from years of cardiovascular exercise." I've seen similar sentences and am curious about the grammar, since a similar ...
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Usage of comma before ‘but’ in a long / complex sentence

I’m subtitling a spoken word piece, and the phrase, which is an answer to a question, is Identifying and accepting something not in its true form but as something else. I think there should be a ...
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How would I punctuate a sentence structured in this way? [closed]

Let me start by saying I am not good at grammar by any means. I am prone to run-on sentences and comma splices, so this sentence is most likely rubbish. But, here it is: "In this reading, ...
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How to add possessive to comma clause specifying pronoun?

Not exactly sure what the comma rule is called, but how would I add a possessive in the following sentence where the dog belongs to David? I had to take my brother, David, ('s?) dog to the vet.
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Comma splices correction

Which one is correct? In the Middle Age a lord’s intricate wall hangings were more than mere tapestries ; they were and were a measure of his consequence and wealth.
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Is combining two short complete sentences with a comma proper grammar? [closed]

Would this be correct grammar? I can see it on his face, he feels dumb. They are both complete sentences but related and very short. Would it be more appropriate to combine this with a semicolon? I ...
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Is a comma splice always a mistake? [duplicate]

Here is an excerpt from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: 'He threw away a copy of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat , he threw away a copy of Godspell: he wouldn't need them where ...
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Is the comma correct? Or should it be two separate sentences or should I use a semicolon? [closed]

Is the comma correct in the following statement? Stay skeptical of news about foreign countries, especially news about countries with which we are not allied.
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Using commas for lists containing independent clauses

To be clear, a is the acceleration of the object, F is the net force on the object, and m is the mass of the object. Can we use commas for connecting independent clauses as a list? Is the above ...
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Proper use of pauses: semicolons or commas

Am I using the proper phrasing in the following sentence? In times like these, the first thing we run out of is time; and since none of us can create more of it, the only solution we have is to ...
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What does the phrase refer to after the comma?

The line below is taken from an article published in The New York Times. In 2012, Fran Lebowitz, the humorist and noted nemesis of Michael Bloomberg, who was then New York City’s mayor, sneered ...
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How the sentence below isn't a run-on sentence?

A wire brush periodically swept the cotton off the blade and prevented the machine from jamming. Shouldn't the sentence be like this? A wire brush periodically swept the cotton off the blade, and ...
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How do I use a question as an embedded quotation when it also deserves a comma?

So I asked "Shall I do the thing?" and he responded with "Yes." In that sentence, should the ? exist? It kind of feels like it should be a comma, given its place in the sentence. ...
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Correct use of comma in "Hamburgers first, the rest second"

A slogan for a hamburger bar I saw was "Hamburgers first, the rest second" meaning that they (hamburgers) are considered above all else. Is this a comma splice and should there be second comma "...
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How can I combine two imperative sentences into one sentence to avoid comma splice?

Do I need to put a comma between two imperative sentences ? How does the comma rules apply in the following case? Can you provide me complete detail about combining two imperative sentences? ...
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Use of comma before the words "irregardless", "where" and after a period in time

I'm unsure as to whether or not to include a comma within the two sentences outlined below (I've bolded the specific sections). In the first sentence, I have a feeling a dash might be more appropriate....
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Why is a comma needed here?

She would start applying to law schools soon and she wanted to know what the law looked like in action. According to Princeton Review, this sentence is incorrect and to fix it, a comma should be ...
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Is this sentence grammatically correct? Is it a comma-splice if it's a list?

This is the sentence: "Many wore mere sweatpants and ragged t-shirts, several wore no shirts at all, and few carried backpacks." My question: does having a comma after "t-shirts" make the sentence a ...
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Comma grammatical function

Could someone please name the grammatical comma use in the sentence below? It looks like an interrupter (parenthetical), but I'm unsure if the usage is correct. "The title of the song “This is ...
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Is this an independent or dependent clause?

Look at the following example 'But she was so tired, she did not finish painting.' Is the first clause an independent or dependent clause? If it is an independent clause, should I remove the comma ...
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Comma inserting [closed]

Should we insert a comma before Except to in the sentence below: They are called organic because they have spread in different directions with no precise plan except to accommodate the growing ...
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Why does President Trump add a second comma in this sentence to Kim Jong Un?

In the President's letter to Kim Jong Un, I noticed a comma which confused me : I felt a wonderful dialogue was building up between you and me, and ultimately, it is only that dialogue that matters....
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Is Microsoft Word's usage of commas correct?

Now I was fairly certain that my comma usage is accurate, but Microsoft Word is second-guessing me, and I can't be certain whether it's correct or not. I have a sentence like this: Based on his ...
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How can "for instance" create a comma splice? [closed]

Example sentence Take Bartlett 29 pears for instance, unless they are treated with exactly the right amount of 1-MCP at exactly the right time, they will remain hard and green until they rot, and ...
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Split a dependent clause from an independent clause

The first clause in the following sentence has no subject, nor verb: From the first agricultural settlements to the rich Emirates of the Arabian peninsula, the Middle East has always had an ...
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FANBOYS-RULE (Coordinating conjunctions)?

How do I figure out when to use a comma before "so"? 1) I put it on my blog so you can read it. (means: I put it on my web blog because I want you to be able to read it.) 2) I didn't find any eggs ...
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Adjective refers to one word only or to more words

Please consider the next case: 1) Financial structure and policy. 2) Financial structure, and policy. Can case (1) be read as "Financial structure and financial policy."? Does "Financial" in case (2) ...
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Comma splice or complete sentence? [closed]

Understanding what feeds procastination is only step one. The next step, stopping it, is a bit bigger. Understanding what feeds procastination is only step one, the next step, stopping it, is a bit ...
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Why is the comma splice an error?

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 ...
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Is there a comma splice in this sentence found in a news article?

The 26-year-old Frenchman’s strike-rate had caught the attention of Mourinho , his 129 goals in 275 games for Lyon made him an interesting prospect as a successor to Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Old Trafford....
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Is "For example, he brought it, and she stacked in the shelves?" correct? [closed]

I need to combine the following sentences into one. For example, he brought it. He brought it, and she stacked in the shelves. How do I combine these? Is the following combination correct? For ...
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Excessive use of commas in sentences

I often find it confusing when to actually use commas, (i) and when not to. As a result, to prevent run-on or long sentences, I tend to put them in where I would pause in speech. Usually, this does ...
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Does this sentence need a conjunction?

Does the sentence, "Charles is not only persistent, he is also driven to gain new knowledge" need a conjunction? Or is this a comma splice?
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Is a comma needed?

My question is if a comma is needed before and in the sentence below. Is there a better way to join these two thoughts other than to use a comma? A court may choose to not invalidate such a statute ...
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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 ...
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can a comma make a difference?

In my mind, "I like him but not her" does not mean exactly the same as "I like him, but not her". The comma would insist on the opposition and put emphasis on "him" and "her". It puts weight on my ...
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Would the sentence above be an example of an author making stylistic error on purpose?

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, ...
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OK, thanks vs OK; thanks

Isn't OK, thanks a comma splice? What is the reason for this being the typical form?
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I'm not entirely sure of my placement of commas

I just have a quick question. I'm having some difficulty determining whether or not the comma use in the following sentence is correct. "The essential destruction of the human species, and the state ...
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Left-dislocation of a content clause, or just a comma splice?

Consider the following sentences, which all have the pattern X, that's what I say. where X is a complete clause: [1a] Nobody ever got something for nothing, that's what I say. (source) [1b] The ...
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Comma or period after "No"

Similar question has been asked before; however, I would like to clarify the convention around "No" as I have not been able to find anything conclusive. Does one put a comma or period after &...
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