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Comma splice

Published on 15 June 2022
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Transcript
00:01
Comma Splices
00:03
Presented by SUNY Oswego and the Writing Fellows
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Creating Complex Ideas
00:10
In this video, you will learn:
00:12
What a comma splice looks like
00:15
How to fix common comma splice errors using conjunctions, semicolons, and periods.
00:21
So what is a comma splice?
00:25
A type of run-on sentence where the writer combines two sentences using only a comma between them
00:35
But, wait, can't we use commas to combine sentences?
00:40
Yes, you can! However, there are rules when using commas to combine sentences... Let's take a look at the rules together.
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Rule #1: Use coordinating conjunctions after the comma.
00:56
Good news! There are only seven! Remember F.A.N.B.O.Y.S? F- for A- and N- nor B- but O- or Y- yet S- so
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Let's discuss corrdinating conjunctions a little more...
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Take the sentence: My mom asked me to take care of the plants while she was out of town.
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This sentence is a complete thought. It has a SUBJECT, VERB, and OBJECT. However, what happens when we try to make the sentence a little more complex?
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Original sentence: My mom asked me to take care of the plants while she was out of town.
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______________________________ Now, you want to add some more info: They died because I forgot to water them.
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___________________________________ New sentence: My mom asked me to take care of the plants while she was out of town, they died because I forgot to water them. RIGHT??
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YOU ARE MISSING THE COORDINATING CONJUNCTION!
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The sentence should read: My mother asked me to take care of the plants while she was out of town, BUT they died because I forgot to water them. The word "BUT" connects the two sentences and shows their relationship. Now, the reader understands that the plants died because they were not watered, even though the speaker was asked to take care of them. See how that works?
02:21
Rule 2: Use semicolons to combine sentences
02:24
Semicolons link together two sentences without a coordinating conjunction. However, make sure that the two sentences you are combining are related/ have a connection to each other.
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Let's take our original incorrect sentence:
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My mother asked me to take care of the plants while she was out of town, they died because I forgot to water them.
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_____________________________ How can you use a semicolon to fix this sentence?