A comma splice occurs when two independent clauses, also known as complete sentences, are combined by only a comma. This creates a run-on sentence.
Independent clauses can only be combined with a semi-colon (;), separated into two sentences by a period and capital letter, or by using a comma with a conjunction. Basically, a comma splice occurs when you're missing a conjunction.
Examples of comma splices:
- The cat meowed, the dog barked.
- Sally was mad, when she went to the store, she missed her bus.
- Jamie never wanted to be there in the first place, he was too nice for that type of people.
If both parts of a sentence, on either side of a comma, can stand alone, then you've got a comma splice. Here's some of examples of how to fix them:
- The cat meowed. The dog barked.
- Sally was mad, because when she went to the store, she missed her bus.
- Jamie never wanted to be there in the first place; he was too nice for that type of people.
Try to locate comma splices in your own writing by actually looking for your sentence structures, especially if you're someone who uses a lot of commas.