Spoonful #60: THE COMMA SPLICE
This spoonful covers the #1 source of most comma drama: THE COMMA SPLICE. Here's the definition: when two complete sentences are connected with a comma. That, my friends, is a gigantic no-no!
(P.S.: The image defines a different kind of splice!)
Let's start with two complete sentences:
(1st) Jody loved to walk the backwoods trails with her dog.
(2nd) They walked almost every day.
To create a dreaded comma splice, chunk those sentences together with a comma:
Jody loved to walk the backwoods trails with her dog, they walked almost every day.
Since that doesn't work, what does? There are THREE correct choices!
CHOICE#1: Using periods
Jody loved to walk the backwoods trails with her dog. They walked almost every day.
CHOICE #2: Using a comma + a FANBOY
Jody loved to walk the backwoods trails with her dog, and they walked almost every day.
CHOICE: #3: Using a semicolon
Jody loved to walk the backwoods trails with her dog; they walked almost every day.
For more details about FANBOYS and proper semicolon usage, check out these earlier spoonfuls:
Spoonful #9: MEET THE FANBOYS
Spoonful #10: FANBOYS STRIKE AGAIN
Spoonful #7: SEMICOLONS SPEAK OUT
I hope you found this spoonful useful and easy to understand. In my humble opinion, brushing up on grammar, vocabulary, and punctuation is a great thing to do when stuck at home. Stay safe, everybody! I'll be back next Sunday with a new spoonful.
Laura Fineberg Cooper
4/26/2020 02:26:08 pm
Thanks for this post, Laura! I'm glad to see this in my inbox every Sunday. A spoonful of joy for these crazy times!
4/26/2020 02:32:01 pm
Thank you, Kirsti! I'm deeply touched!!
4/26/2020 04:07:08 pm
Hi Laura! Thanks for this topic. I can never remember all the FANBOYS so I was happy to see your notes on earlier spoonfuls. Can you make the links work to easily see the information? Thanks!
4/26/2020 04:19:10 pm
5/9/2020 01:59:18 pm
I'm sure I'm guilty of sometimes using comma splices. Thanks to you, I'll keep an eye out for them!
5/9/2020 02:07:27 pm
Glad to be of service! But honestly, Marcia, your writing is brilliant.
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