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Grammar and Style » General Reference » Comma Splice » Finding Comma Splices

In order to find comma splices, you need to be able to identify independent clauses. An independent clause is a group of words with a subject and a predicate that could make sense on its own as a sentence. Pass your mouse over the following example of an independent clause to see what the subject and predicate are:
my cousin runs a mile to work every day

Checking for comma splices is easy, but it can take time. Look at each one of your commas. If there is an independent clause on both sides of the comma and no conjunction after it, the sentence is probably a comma splice.

Is the following sentence a comma splice? (Pass your mouse over for hints and click for the answer.)
My cousin gets to school early, this gives him time to take a shower.

If you can find run-ons, it is easy to fix them.



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