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The Dreaded Comma Splice

The comma splice. What is it? How can it be avoided?
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Bob Cole

on 5 March 2011

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The Comma Splice What's a comma splice? How do I fix a comma splice? Okay, in English? A comma splice is "the unjustified use of a comma between coordinate main clauses not connected by a conjunction." According to Webster's And a ninja? "A person trained in ancient Japanese martial arts
and employed for espionage and assassinations." 忍者 Two complete sentences joined together with a comma AND WITHOUT one of these words between them: Show me four examples
of the comma splice! I saw a ninja, we're not supposed to see ninjas! The ninja got up late today, he forgot to brush his teeth. Judith kissed the ninja, then, for no apparent reason, she slapped him. Superman read a book, the ninja saw the movie. Wait, what? How did Superman get involved? So glad you asked. Superman is ALWAYS involved in a good ninja story. Split them up! Use a period. Smush them together! Use a semicolon. When all else fails,
call in the "For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet, So" I saw a ninja. We're not supposed to see ninjas! Superman read a book; the ninja saw the movie. The ninja got up late today, SO he forgot to brush his teeth. What does this have to do
with ninjas and Superman? AND! But that's a story for another day. So be Superman! Works Cited "Comma splice." Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. 2011. Merriam-Webster Online. March 4, 2011. <http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/comma%20splice> "Ninja." Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. 2011. Merriam-Webster Online. March 4, 2011. <http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ninja> Blue, Tina. "What is a Comma Splice and How Do I Fix it?" Grammar and Usage for the Non-Expert. Web. 4 March 2011. < http://grammartips.homestead.com/splice.html> Turner, Rich. "Comma Splices." The Grammar Curmudgeon. Web. 4 March 2011. <http://www.grammarmudge.cityslide.com/articles/article/426348/5124.htm> Bob Cole

Professor Lemaster

English Composition 1301

4 March 2011 See the ninja? F.A.N.B.O.Y.S.
Get it? Superman and the Superman logo are © DC Comics, a Time Warner company. Superman, the Superman logo, R2-D2, C-3P0, and the Fanboys
appear here without permission from their respective owners. Ted, George, Harvey.
Please don't sue me. The End. R2-D2 and C3P0 are TM & © Lucasfilm Ltd. Fanboys is © The Weinstein Company. Okay, so a comma splice is two sentences joined together with a comma and without coordinating conjunctions.
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