A run-on sentence doesn’t separate any of its independent clauses with the punctuation that it needs, and a comma splice incorrectly separates two independent clauses with a comma, instead of a comma-and-coordinating-conjunction.
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- When do you use a semicolon and comma?(6 votes)
- Great response, Juliyahna!
I'd also suggest you take a gander at the semicolon and comma tutorials, Izabella:
- I have two questions! :)
1. When doing a run on sentence why can't you use the word 'and' in it?
2. When you did 'we bought nails, we bought hammers' cant you do 'we bought nails, we also bought hammers'?(7 votes)
- how is semicolon stronger than comma?(7 votes)
- 1) Visually it's stronger because it includes a dot.
2) Grammatically it implies a greater separation between the elements on either side than does a comma, and it can be used to link parts of a sentence, not merely to separate them.
3) Historically the existence of a semi-colon (instead of a comma) in the act admitting the Republic of Texas into the United States introduces the possibility that Texas could divide into several different states and thereby gain seats in the US senate if it so desired.(1 vote)
- Is there any way that a sentence can start with *because. Without adding anything to separate the sentence.(5 votes)
- Is a semicolon BETTER to use than a comma?(3 votes)
- Well, it depends on what would be grammatically correct in the sentence. Since you asked this question on a video about comma splices...
INCORRECT: My sister is tall, she's terrible at limbo.
CORRECT: My sister is tall; she's terrible at limbo.
CORRECT: My sister is tall, so she's terrible at limbo.
CORRECT: My sister is tall. She's terrible at limbo.
Again, it depends on the rules which apply to the sentence's grammar. Here's an example where a comma's better than a semicolon:
INCORRECT: I like cake; chocolate; and cookies.
CORRECT: I like cake, chocolate, and cookies.
Hope this helped!(6 votes)
- What is the most independent clauses you can have in a sentence?(4 votes)
- It is not a matter of number, "Two are enough, four are too many." The issue is communication. After a certain point, sentences with too many clauses, whether dependent or independent, become hard to understand. Just look at some translations of the New Testament. St. Paul can be particularly difficult!(3 votes)
- Can you use semi-comma and comma in the same paragraph(2 votes)
- You can use semi-colons and commas in the same paragraph, and even in the same sentence - as long as your sentences follow conventions and make sense.(6 votes)
- In3:00, why can't we just put a comma in the sentence like that? It seems grammatically fine to me.(2 votes)
- A comma isn't strong enough to connect two independent clauses. They could be joined with a semicolon or a comma and coordinating conjunction instead.(5 votes)
- Can you say "Hindus routinely bathe in India's sacred Ganges river and this river is also home to the Ganges shark." The SAT practice says this answer is incorrect. Why?(1 vote)
- I think you need a comma before your conjunction "and" as both of your clauses are independent.(5 votes)
- What is a clauses like I know what it is but what is the definition(2 votes)
- That's all explained, and explained quite well, in the lesson on clauses and phrases. I recommend you listen to it. The instructor is excellent!(3 votes)
preciou- [Voiceover] Hello grammarians, hello Rosie! - [Voiceover] Hi David! - [Voiceover] How are you? - [Voiceover] Good, how are you? - [Voiceover] Good, today we are going to talk about run-ons and comma splices. So a run-on sentence is what happens when two independent clauses are put together in one sentence without any punctuation or coordinating conjunctions like and, but, or. So Rosie what is a good example of a run-on sentence? - [Voiceover] We bought nails we bought a hammer. - [Voiceover] Yeah, so we can see that this sentence contains two individual, independent clauses. So we've got number one, we bought nails, number two, we bought a hammer. Now there are a couple of different ways we could make this a legal sentence, but right now as it stands this is a run-on, right? - [Voiceover] So there are a couple of ways we could fix this sentence. One way would be just to add a semicolon in there. So you've got two independent clauses. - [Voiceover] We bought nails, semicolon, we bought a hammer. - [Voiceover] Right. Another way you could do that would be to just add a comma and then the conjunction and, so you're connecting those two clauses. - [Voiceover] So this is a run-on sentence without this and, and this comma, and it's called that because it's sort of like a runaway train, you know, it doesn't have enough stoppage in it is how I would put it. So that's what a run-on sentence is, and now I wanna talk about comma splicing. And the word splice, not a super-common term if you are neither a sailor or a film editor. But splicing is a word that originally meant to take two ropes, untangle them, and weave them back together. It's a sailor's term related to rope lines. In our case for grammar, a splice, a comma splice is an inappropriate joining of two independent clauses by using a comma. So Rosie, this is Li'l Tony, Crime Fighting Pony. - [Voiceover] Right. - [Voiceover] So for example, in this sentence, I love Li'l Tony 2: Pony Up 2 the Streets, it's my favorite movie in the Li'l Tony franchise, a very fine series of non-existent films. The problem with this sentence is that right now it's got this comma in the middle of it, and this comma inappropriately joins these two independent clauses. Oh, and this whole time I forgot to say two independent clauses inappropriately joined by a comma. So okay, so we've got independent clause number one, remember this thing could stand on its own as a sentence, I love the name of this movie. I love Li'l Tony 2: Pony Up 2 the Streets. That could be its own sentence on its own, end it with a period, period. It's my favorite movie in the Li'l Tony franchise, period. But we have these two independent clauses, right? We cannot join them with just a comma. We could say I love Li'l Tony 2: Pony Up 2 the Streets, comma, and it's my favorite movie in the Li'l Tony franchise or as we did in the previous example, we could also throw in a semicolon, which is I think what I would rather do. I love Li'l Tony 2: Pony Up 2 the Streets; semicolon, it's my favorite movie in the Li'l Tony franchise. And Rosie, you will notice that I have underlined these titles. - [Voiceover] Oh yes. - [Voiceover] Because these are the names of published works, even though we made them up. - [Voiceover] Right, exactly. - [Voiceover] But okay, but for real I would love to see like a Li'l Tony, Crime Fighting Pony series. - [Voiceover] Totally. - [Voiceover] So to review, when you're looking at a run-on, you're looking at two independent clauses that are together in one sentence, that are joined inappropriately without punctuation or conjunctions. So, we bought nails we bought a hammer. There's not really a place to know where the division between clauses is in that, and so the thing to do is either to add some kind of, is to add a comma and a conjunction, or to combine them using a semicolon. The same deal with a comma splice, it's just that a comma splice is a run-on that hasn't been fixed all the way. - [Voiceover] Right, the comma's being used but we need some bigger punctuation in place of the comma, something like a semicolon, in order to make a distinction between those two independent clauses. - [Voiceover] So that is how you identify and fix run-ons and comma splices. You can learn anything, David out. - [Voiceover] Rosie out.