Comma Splices

Comma Splice:

Two sentences or independent clauses that are incorrectly joined by a comma.

Ex.: The internet has made the world smaller, you can meet people from anywhere.

Four options for comma splice revision:

  1. Use a comma and a coordinating conjunction (and, or, for, nor, so, yet, but).
    Ex.: The internet has made the world smaller, so you can meet people from anywhere.
  2. Use a semicolon.
    Ex.: The internet has made the world smaller; you can meet people from anywhere.
  3. Make the clauses into separate sentences.
    Ex.: The internet has made the world smaller. You can use it to meet people from anywhere.
  4. Revise the sentence.
    Ex.: The internet has made the world smaller, making it possible to meet people from everywhere.