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Do you find the following sentence a little bit confusing?

The two old men went to the park almost every day, even when the weather was bad, they would sit on a bench together and fall fast asleep.

It is not exactly clear whether "even when the weather was bad" refers to when the old men went to the park or when they sat on a bench. This sentence is difficult to understand because it is a comma splice.

A comma splice (also called a comma fault) happens when a comma divides two independent clauses with no conjunction joining them.

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