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

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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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What is a comma splice?

Is this a comma splice? What makes a sentence a comma splice? Being left at the altar on her wedding day, Pamela became furious.
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Comma splices and fragments in novels

I have noticed that many authors incorporate the use of fragments and comma splices in their novels. Given that this is acceptable practice in a novel, is it acceptable to use a comma splice or a ...
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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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The vocative case and comma splices

I've been trying to find an answer to this question for some time, and have finally decided to... well, buck up some courage and ask. In sentences like these two "Hello, Mary, how are you?" "Don'...
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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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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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Is this a comma splice: <Independent clause>, I know

Examples: It's cold, I know. She's awesome, I know. Are these comma splices? If not, what is the name of the I know clause? Is there a name for the whole structure?
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Is it a splice comma if an interjection-phrase is involved?

It's certainly poor style, if not actually wrong, to join independent clauses with a comma when a semicolon or other punctuation would have sufficed. But interjections are usually offset from other ...
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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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Parenthetical elements

Why is it acceptable sometimes for writers to enclose an independent clause--a clause which could stand by itself as its own sentence--in dashes and parentheses, yet this can't be done with commas? An ...
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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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Do I use a comma between "whimsical" and "clay" in the sentence below? [duplicate]

Billy did a wonderful job creating his whimsical[,] clay fish dish.
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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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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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Using a comma before “and we already have a toaster.” [duplicate]

Which of the following is correct? No gifts please, we don't need any orchids and we already have a toaster. No gifts please, we don't need any orchids , and we already have a toaster.
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comma/comma-splice in "inexpensive, but effective, resources"?

Is comma needed here? "inexpensive, but effective, resources" Can comma splices be used instead of "that" and "and" here? It is clear, X destroys homes, businesses.
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Can em dashes be used to isolate clauses starting with an “or”?

Here’s a simplified version of the sentence I'm working on. Despite what he believed — or thought he believed — he still had to contend with the truth. Or should I use commas?
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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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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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Do these sentences contain comma splices? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a comma splice? My girlfriend wants me to correct her fan-fiction, and to me it looks fine stylistically, but I wonder if some of the sentences are technically comma ...
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Two sentences with a comma and no conjunction

The SK Telecom article at Wikipedia says SK Telecom is South Korea's largest wireless carrier, it leads the local market with 50.5 percent share as of 2008. But can it be written like this? The ...
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Triple Commas not acceptable?

I'm wondering why this phrasing: I spend most days thinking about the future. Hoping that I'm on the right path, I do my best at everything I can. is preferred over this one: I spend most days ...
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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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Help with what MS Word insists is a comma splice

I usually either accept or work around Word's grammar suggestions (I hate having red/blue lines in my documents) but this particular suggestion has me stumped. The sentence is "Striding forward with ...
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What commas rule is used here?

I have a question regarding how the rules of commas apply in a particular sentence. I cannot seem to work out what rules go with the following excerpt: The desert savanna of the Neolithic Period, ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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Is it ok to combine two independent clauses into just one sentence? [closed]

Is this sentence acceptable? You’re welcome, have a nice day ahead.
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Should there be a comma after this adverbial phrase?

From the moment I saw him I knew this wouldn't work out. OR From the moment I saw him, I knew this wouldn't work out. It just doesn't seem to flow as well in the second version. Which one ...
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How should a long sentence with multiple "or"s and commas be understood?

I'm trying to get a proper understanding of exactly what a long, run-on sentence really says. The actual text is from Michigan law, but I'm not seeking a legal interpretation rather a full ...
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Meaning of "When you're a guy, and a dad,.. and all the jokes about being a Kept Man are worn away, the word is 'vasectomising'"

Though sure, there's no denying that the money stuff hasn't helped the marital stuff. "When you're a guy, and a dad," I told Freddy's scarecrow, "and you have to ask your wife to put £5,...
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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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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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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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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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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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A good attitude, that's what counts. --- Good attitude is an appositive?

A good attitude, that's what counts. At first I saw this and thought comma splice; but that can't be because a splice requires two clauses. In this sentence "a good attitude" is in apposition to the ...
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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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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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"We have to be hard on you, you have to be cured"

"We have to be hard on you, you have to be cured," is grammatically correct? Shouldn't it be "We have to be hard on you; you have to be cured," as these are two independent clauses. I've seen it in ...
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Does a comma indicate the conjunction "and"?

Does a comma mean "and" when used to separate items in a list?
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Comma splice question

is the following a comma splice? The more important idea belongs in the main clause, the less important in the clause introduced by the subordinate conjunction. I know the first part before the ...
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Comma usage when a question appears at the end of a quotation, at the end of a subordinate clause

What would be the correct way to punctuate the following sentence? Rather than thinking, "am I being a jerk?", Johann cut to the front of the line, as he did every Tuesday.
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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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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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