Monday, January 10, 2011

60-Second Syntax: Comma Splice

60-Second Syntax is a quick look at some common mistakes in writing.

Please note: Different editors may follow different styles and rules.

A comma splice is a fairly common error in which a comma is used in place of the word "and" to join two independent clauses. Splices are easy to fix. Replace the comma with a semicolon or keep the comma and add the conjunction back in the sentence.

Wrong: Sally took off down the street, Jim followed.
Right: Sally took off down the street; Jim followed.
Sally took off down the street, and Jim followed.