Friday, May 25, 2012

More Writing Tips (Part 1 of 5)

Get rid of the comma splice.

The term, comma splice, means that writers join (splice together) two complete thoughts that have no connection. Here is an example: Most of my classmates drink coffee, and caffeine keeps me awake. We know coffee contains caffeine, but there is no connection between the two statements.

* Windows are open to the warm morning air, the air conditioning units are off. To make good sense, you connect them to each other with more than a comma: Windows are open to the warm morning air, because the air conditioning units are off. Because joins the two thoughts.

* Most unindustrialized nations have high birth rates, most of their citizens are young. This would work if we wrote, Most unindustrialized nations have high birth rates and therefore, most of their citizens are young.

Careful writers avoid joining two unconnected thoughts 
with only a comma.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for part one in this series. I always had trouble with comma splices in college and now I have to work really hard to avoid them. I am a new follower. I am eager to read the rest of this series.

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