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Is a comma splice always a mistake?

Is it more accurate to call punctuation rules 'traditions' or 'conventions'? To my mind, the word "convention" refers to a shared practice that was adopted to serve some perceived practical ...
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Why does President Trump add a second comma in this sentence to Kim Jong Un?

The letter combines two independent clauses, the second of which begins with an adverb: Ultimately, it is only that dialogue that matters. The comma before the and is the standard comma before a ...
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When ending clause in a comma, which is followed by a colon, should there be a space in-between

You would omit the comma. That said, you're not ending the sentence in your example with a comma. That sentence ends with a period: the period after "etc." Also, as it relates to the example,...
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Is a comma splice always a mistake?

The comma splice is incorrect according to styling guides in general, but styling guides don't apply to works of fiction in general. A fiction author is free to take poetic license at his or her own ...
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Is Microsoft Word's usage of commas correct?

Commas serve to spit sentences up, and tell the reader "you should parse this according to a wider context than you would without the comma". That is, "X Y, and Z" gives the impression that it's "(X Y)...
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Which punctuation is best for connecting the latter longer clause in this sentence, or is the comma splice okay?

According to Huddleston & Pullum (2002), when only is used in this way (to mean "but"), it behaves in some respects like a coordinator and in some ways like a preposition with a clausal ...
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A good attitude, that's what counts. --- Good attitude is an appositive?

As John Lawler states in the comments: This is called "Left-Dislocation", and moves the subject to the beginning of the sentence, in a constituent of its own, followed by the rest of the ...
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"then" vs "and then"

I am a teacher of English and have experienced this kind of use confusing. At first, my learners kept using it in speech and I always advised them to avoid using and+then as it sounded incorrect in my ...
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"then" vs "and then"

This is from They're relatively authoritative. Then meaning next: we can use then to mean next: For Example: He opened the door, then the lights came on and everybody shouted, ‘Happy ...
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Would the sentence above be an example of an author making stylistic error on purpose?

The two excellent comments from Dan Bron and StoneyB have given you your answer: the famous quote from A Tale of Two Cities is an example of a skilled author making a stylistic choice, not an error. ...
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Excessive use of commas in sentences

There are many differences in speech compared to written text, especially academic writing. In particular, academic writing should be succinct such as excluding that when not used as a pronoun and ...
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Does this sentence need a conjunction?

The sentence sounds grammatically correct as it stands. It doesn't have a comma splice, and it already has a conjunction. A comma splice requires the parts on both sides of the comma to be complete (...
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Is "For example, he brought it, and she stacked in the shelves?" correct?

It is correct to combine the two sentences the way you have. I would add "it" again in the second sentence, as "stack" requires a direct object. For complicated examples, use a colon, thus: "For ...
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Why is a comma needed here?

Here are the general guides to comma placement between two independent clauses joined by "and": When the conjunction joins two or more independent clauses, put a comma before the conjunction: ...
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Is this an independent or dependent clause?

First, but goes between conjuncts. The but doesn't go with either clause in this sentence; rather, it connects the whole sentence with whatever came before it. So I will ignore it here. Second, the ...
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How can I combine two imperative sentences into one sentence to avoid comma splice?

Comma splices are always avoided by doing one of the following: (1) Adding a conjunction before the comma: Procrastinate now, and don't put it off! (2) Using two sentences (not combining them): ...
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Using commas for lists containing independent clauses

'To be clear' is a pragmatic marker (in this case one indicating clarifying specification in the matrix sentence), syntactically apart from the matrix sentence, and this setting off needs some ...
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Proofreading for punctuation

One of the functions of a colon is to introduce a list. It makes all the difference here. (I've taken the liberty of making some other minor adjustments too.) His movies took the world by storm and ...
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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?

These seem to be categorized as discourse markers. They're a bit similar to tags except they can be inserted (sometimes awkwardly) at other points in a sentence. Like tags, they are usually joined to ...
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Why is 'therefore' an adverb?

Any word that modifies a verb by saying when, where, how or why the action took place is an adverb. Because it unites the adverbial clause with "He was hungry" it can be considered as a ...
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Is it grammatical to use parallelism (omit the subject) when the first clause is passive and the second is active?

This is not ungrammatical: They are first taught the basic principles of lift and drag, then familiarize themselves with the plane's instrumentation panel before taking 400 people on a six-hour ...
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Is combining two short complete sentences with a comma proper grammar?

These would require a semicolon. To join two independent clauses with a comma, you must use a coordinating conjunction. For example, you may say, “I have a goldfish. His name is Fred.” With a semi-...
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Is a comma splice always a mistake?

Veni, vidi, vici: I came, I saw, I conquered. This construction is often cited as an example of short clauses joined by commas to good effect. On rare occasions, joining independent clauses with ...
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What does the phrase refer to after the comma?

The parenthetical phrase, inside the commas, is supposed to point to the item immediately preceding it. This can go badly wrong if not done properly or too many players are involved. In this case the ...
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How the sentence below isn't a run-on sentence?

No. In this case, you're joining two concepts that are dependent upon one another. We have the wire brush. It sweeps cotton off the blade which prevents the machine from jamming. The latter is ...
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How do I use a question as an embedded quotation when it also deserves a comma?

In general, question marks and exclamation points trump commas. When a question mark (or exclamation point) and a comma should naturally both appear, the comma is left out. According to this blog, ...
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Correct use of comma in "Hamburgers first, the rest second"

It is not a comma splice because neither "Hamburgers first" nor "the rest second" is an independent clause with subject and verb. Particularly, "the rest second" makes no sense on its own.
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Use of comma before the words "irregardless", "where" and after a period in time

In your first sentence the comma isn't needed. A straightforward way to see it is that you probably wouldn't put a comma after accessible if it was just that word there. Since adding another word of ...
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How can "for instance" create a comma splice?

I would have written it like this: Take Bartlett 29 pears, for instance. Unless they are treated with exactly the right.... I agree that the comma is not appropriate there, because it alters the ...
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FANBOYS-RULE (Coordinating conjunctions)?

Tricky question. The use of "so" in your first sentence is actually not a coordinating conjunction; it is the same as the subordinating conjunction "so that," so it doesn't require ...
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