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Comma Splices, Fused Sentences,
Comma splices, fused sentences, and run-ons are three types of mechanical errors created by incorrectly joining independent clauses. (An independent clause is a group of words which contains a subject and verb, expresses a complete thought, and can be a sentence.)
A comma splice is an error caused by joining two independent clauses with only a comma. Oftentimes, the subject of the second sentence is this, that, these, or those.
You can join the clauses with a semicolon.
You can connect the clauses with a semicolon and a conjunctive adverb followed by a comma.
You can connect the clauses with a comma and a coordinating conjunction.
You can use a subordinator to make one clause dependent upon another.
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Last update: 11 November 2004