Asked • 01/15/21

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.

Wendy D.

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You have the answer to your question. Is there something else that you need? Basically, it is "illegal" to connect two complete sentences by a comma. Instead, separate them with something other than JUST a comma, which is used for different things. How you decide to fix a comma splice is up to you and would depend on the context.
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