Recognizing Comma Splices And Fused Sentences
Directions: In the exercise that follows, you will read a sentence and then determine if the error is a comma splice or a fused sentence.
Before you begin, you should review the definitions of a comma splice and a fused sentence:
A comma splice contains two main clauses illegally joined by a comma. The problem looks like this:
main clause + , + main clause = .
A fused sentence, on the other hand, contains two main clauses illegally run together with no punctuation whatsoever. The problem looks like this:
main clause + Ø + main clause = .
As a writer, you must keep in mind that comma splices and fused sentences make you look like an amateur. They tell your reader that you cannot control the construction of a sentence, the most basic building block of a piece of writing. Learning to identify comma splices and fused sentences is the first step to fixing the problem.
Disclaimer: All prizes in this exercise are cyber, which means they have no physical reality and cannot be collected for use in the material world.