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Yo, Grammar: What’s up with comma splices?

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You’re right: You should definitely look out for comma splices on the SAT. 

A comma splice is a grammar error that is created by joining two independent clauses (complete sentences) with a comma.

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Since we have two complete sentences, we would form a comma splice if we combined them by using just a comma:

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We see comma splices everywhere, and it’s unfortunate that people don’t know how to correct them.

Here is an easy way to correct a comma splice:

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Here are some other ways to fix comma splices:

  • Use the appropriate coordinating conjunction (aka “FANBOYS”) that fix comma splices.
  • As we did above, use a semicolon.
  • End the first sentence with a period, and begin the next sentence by capitalizing the first word.
  • Read PWN the SAT’s excellent post on run-on sentences and fragments (and follow his instructions).

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