What is a comma splice, and how do I fix it?
A comma splice occurs when a writer connects two independent clauses (complete sentences) with just a comma.
Here is an example: I went to the store, there was a long line.
There are three basic ways to fix this:
1) Replace the comma with a period: I went to the store. There was a long line.
2) If the two sentences are closely related, you could use a semi-colon instead of a period: I went to the store; there was a long line.
3) Use a coordinating conjunction (For, and, nor, but, or, so, yet) along with the comma: I went to the store, yet there was a long line.