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

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correct usage/type with conjunctive adverb [duplicate]

a) Our vacation was wonderful, however, it was too short. Is a) incorrect or acceptable use? I understand it should have a semicolon with a comma or start a new sentence, but some resources conflict ...
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Comma usage in compound-complex sentence [closed]

Which sentence is more appropriate? Even if the budget allows for certain expenses, and we can prioritize some projects, we cannot fund them all. or Even if the budget allows for certain expenses ...
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Confused on how to use "instead" in the middle of a sentence

I am dumbfounded on why the man does not spring for Walton’s help, instead, he makes sure the vessel is headed North. I'm confused on how to use "instead" in the middle of my sentence. Is that ...
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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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Is a comma splice always a mistake?

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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Oxford comma list with more than one verb

A friend has pointed out that in an Oxford comma separated list, either every clause needs a verb, or each clause must be the object of the first verb. This seems to make sense to me, but would this ...
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Which punctuation is best for connecting the latter longer clause in this sentence, or is the comma splice okay? [closed]

I am proofreading a colleague's work. And I know that you should use a connective/conjunction to join two clauses together rather than a comma splice, and so, in the past I have made such corrections ...
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Is it grammatical to use parallelism (omit the subject) when the first clause is passive and the second is active? [closed]

Here's the example: "They are first taught the basic procedures for scuba diving, including safety and communication with fellow divers, then familiarize themselves with the equipment before ...
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What invokes a comma splice error? [closed]

The results of the study were inconclusive, therefore more research needs to be done on the topic. According to what I read, this is a comma splice. So it will be changed from ", therefore" ...
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Should a period or comma be used before "instead" in "Because bananas are not orange, instead, bananas are yellow"?

Joe: This banana is orange. Niel: No, this banana is yellow. Joe: Why do you say that? Niel: Because bananas are not orange, instead, bananas are yellow. Joe: You think in a funny way. Another way ...
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Comma joining a question and a quoted speech

I find this sentence in a paper: If this coming to awareness is true good luck, why would Shi Tiesheng need designer luck, he asks: “perhaps I’m already the darling of fate?” Apparently, the author ...
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Naming and writing about an LLC proper comma use [closed]

So when filing with the state the long argued debate of using a comma before LLC or not has essentially been settled. The answer being it doesn’t matter AT ALL and in fact some attorneys have always ...
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Comma Use Before And [closed]

Should a comma be used before "and" in this line? Give in to the darkness and you'll leave this world prematurely. Similar line, same question: Always do what is right and you can keep ...
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Why is 'therefore' an adverb?

He is hungry, therefore he ate. I do not understand how therefore is an adverb. It does not modify the verb hungry in this case, in any way. I understand it is a conjunctive adverb but it is still an ...
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When ending clause in a comma, which is followed by a colon, should there be a space in-between [closed]

Say that I am giving an introductory clause with a list of things, using the colon. If I also use a secondary clause, by way of a comma to explain the first clause, do I separate the comma and colon ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 "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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Too many commas in this sentence?

I don't know if this sentence is too long, or if it's okay to keep stringing phrases with commas. Any help would be great as my English is not so good. When I was using the toy truck as a reward ...
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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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"then" vs "and then"

I was writing an email in Outlook and its grammar correction suggested I change this: I need to do something, then I'll call you. to this: I need to do something, and then I'll call you. Is ...
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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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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....