The Dreaded Comma Splice

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The comma splice is one of the most frequent mistakes made when using a comma. The comma splice occurs when a comma is used to connect two independent clauses.

In this example the two clauses make sense independently. Connecting them with a comma is incorrect.

Touria gets along with everyone, she is an understanding person.

With two independent clauses you have several choices:

Make them into two sentences using a full stop. This is the easiest solution but may not be the best in terms of style or argument development.

Touria gets along with everyone. She is an understanding person.

Use a semicolon. They should not be overused but can be very powerful if used in the correct situations. Here, using a semi-colon suggests a link between the two clauses without stating what that link is. It is a powerful tool in developing a convincing argument.

Touria gets along with everyone; she is an understanding person.

Introduce a conjunction to connect the two independent clauses. By doing this, you make the connection between the two more explicit.

Touria gets along with everyone because she is an understanding person.

or

Touria gets along with everyone, as she is an understanding person.

Comma splice solved!

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