21 Comma Splice Examples That You Should Know


When someone connects two independent clauses with a comma, it’s known as comma splice. The said clauses are better off being connected by some or the other forms of punctuations such as colons, full stops, semi-colons or conjunctions. Let us take a look at some comma splice examples.

  1. She went to the store, she bought milk.
  2. He came from the hospital, he lay down to rest.
  3. She went to bed at eight, she woke up in the middle of the night to drink water and eat some porridge.
  4. He went to the university to get two degrees, English and Psychology.
  5. The child wanted milk, the mother didn’t give it to him.
  6. They went the to amusement park, they enjoyed themselves.
  7. She studied hard, she scored good marks.
  8. They went for a party, they returned late.
  9. We corrected our own papers, I didn’t do well on the test.
  10. My friend and I went to a restaurant to eat, we ordered four dishes.
  11. I went to the flea market, I bought my mother two rugs and an antique lamp.
  12. The police chased the robber, they couldn’t catch him.
  13. We went for a long awaited movie, it wasn’t that great, it could’ve been better.
  14. I wanted some popcorn, she wanted a coffee.
  15. You will do good, I have no doubt.
  16. I hope you are well, I’ve been meaning to talk to you.
  17. We went for a trek and then a jog, my friend didn’t enjoy herself.
  18. She drank two mugs of coffee, it woke her up.
  19. We went horse-riding, we had fun.
  20. My niece wants to take dance lessons, they will begin in April.
  21. We ordered two plates of appetizers, the first dish was good, the second one could’ve been better.
  22. I need a bottle, I need a bag.

Comma splice Corrections

 

1.     She went to the store, she bought milk.

  • Correction 1- She went to the store. She bought milk.

A full stop has been used in place of the comma splice.

  • Correction 2- She went to the store and bought milk.

The comma splice has been replaced with a co-ordinating conjunction ‘and’.

2.     He came from the hospital, he lay down to rest.

  • Correction 1- He came from the hospital; he lay down to rest.

A semi-colon has been used in place of the comma splice.

  • Correction 2- He lay down to rest after coming back from the hospital.

The comma splice has been replaced with a subordinating conjunction ‘after’.

The order of the clauses have been flipped as well.

3.     She went to bed at eight, she woke up in the middle of the night to drink water and eat some porridge.

  • Correction- She went to bed at eight. She woke up in the middle of the night to drink water and eat some porridge.

A full stop has been used in place of the comma splice.

4.     He went to the university to get two degrees, English and Psychology.

  • Correction- He went to the university to get two degrees: English and Psychology.

The comma splice has been replaced with a colon.

5.     The child wanted milk, the mother didn’t give it to him.

  • Correction 1- The child wanted milk; the mother didn’t give it to him.

A semi-colon has been used in place of the comma splice.

  • Correction 2- The child wanted milk but the mother didn’t give it to him.

The comma splice has been replaced with a co-ordinating conjunction ‘but’.

6.     They went the to amusement park, they enjoyed themselves.

  • Correction 1- They went to the amusement park. They enjoyed themselves.

A full stop has been used in place of the comma splice.

  • Correction 2- They went to the amusement park and enjoyed themselves.

The comma splice has been replaced with a co-ordinating conjunction ‘and’.

7.     She studied hard, she scored good marks.

  • Correction 1- She studied hard. She scored good marks.

A full stop has been used in place of the comma splice.

  • Correction 2- She studied hard and scored good marks.

The comma splice has been replaced with a co-ordinating conjunction ‘and’.

8.     They went for a party, they returned late.

  • Correction- They went for a party. They returned late.

A full stop has been used in place of the comma splice.

9.     We corrected our own papers, I didn’t do well on the test.

  • Correction- We corrected our own papers; I didn’t do well on the test.

A semi-colon has been used in place of the comma splice.

10.  My friend and I went to a restaurant to eat, we ordered four dishes.

  • Correction 1- My friend and I went to a restaurant to eat; we ordered four dishes.

A semi-colon has been used in place of the comma splice.

  • Correction 2- My friend and I went to a restaurant to eat. We ordered four dishes.

A full stop has been used in place of the comma splice.

11.  I went to the flea market, I bought my mother two rugs and an antique lamp.

  • Correction 1- I went to the flea market; I bought my mother two rugs and an antique lamp.

The comma splice has been replaced with a semi-colon

  • Correction 2- I went to the flea market and bought my mother two rugs and an antique lamp.

The comma splice has been replaced with a co-ordinating conjunction ‘and’.

12.  The police chased the robber, they couldn’t catch him.

  • Correction 1- The police chased the robber; they couldn’t catch him.

A semi-colon has been used in place of the comma splice.

  • Correction 2- The police chased the robber but they couldn’t catch him.

The comma splice has been replaced with a coordinating conjunction ‘but’.

  • Correction 3- The police chased the robber. They couldn’t catch him.

A full stop has been used in place of the comma splice.

13.  We went for a long awaited movie, it wasn’t that great, it could’ve been better.

  • Correction 1- We went for a long awaited movie. It wasn’t that great. It could’ve been better.

The two comma splices has been replaced with full stops.

  • Correction 2- We went for a long awaited movie but it wasn’t that great since it could’ve been better.

The first comma splice has been replaced with a co-ordinating conjunction ‘but’.

The second comma splice has been replaced with a co-ordinating conjunction ‘since’.

14.  I wanted some popcorn, she wanted a coffee.

  • Correction 1- I wanted some popcorn; she wanted a coffee.

A semi-colon has been used in place of the comma splice.

  • Correction 2- I wanted some popcorn. She wanted a coffee.

A full stop has been used in place of the comma splice.

  • Correction 3- I wanted some popcorn and she wanted a coffee.

The comma splice has been replaced with a co-ordinating conjunction ‘and’.

  • Correction 4- I wanted some popcorn but she wanted a coffee.

The comma splice has been replaced with a co-ordinating conjunction ‘but’.

15.  You will do good, I have no doubt.

  • Correction 1- You will do good. I have no doubt.

A full stop has been used in place of the comma splice.

  • Correction 2- I have no doubt that you will do good.

The comma splice has been replaced with a subordinating conjunction ‘that’.

The order of the clauses have also been flipped.

16.  I hope you are well, I’ve been meaning to talk to you.

  • Correction 1- I hope you are well; I’ve been meaning to talk to you.

The comma splice has been replaced with a semi-colon

  • Correction 2- I hope you are well. I’ve been meaning to talk to you.

A full stop has been used in place of the comma splice.

  • Correction 3- I hope you are well! I’ve been meaning to talk to you.

The comma splice has been replaced with an exclamation point.

17.  We went for a trek and then a jog, my friend didn’t enjoy herself.

  • Correction 1- We went for a trek and then a jog; my friend didn’t enjoy herself.

A semi-colon has been used in place of the comma splice.

  • Correction 2- We went for a trek and then a jog. My friend didn’t enjoy herself.

A full stop has been used in place of the comma splice.

  • Correction 3- We went for a trek and then a jog but my friend didn’t enjoy herself.

The comma splice has been replaced with a co-ordinating conjunction ‘but’.

18.  She drank two mugs of coffee, it woke her up.

  • Correction 1- She drank two mugs of coffee; it woke her up.

A semi-colon has been used in place of the comma splice.

  • Correction 2- She drank two mugs of coffee. It woke her up.

A full stop has been used in place of the comma splice.

  • Correction 3- She drank two mugs of coffee and it woke her up.

The comma splice has been replaced with a co-ordinating conjunction ‘and’.

19.  We went horse-riding, we had fun.

  • Correction 1- We went horse-riding. We had fun.

A full stop has been used in place of the comma splice.

  • Correction 2- We went horse-riding and had fun.

The comma splice has been replaced with a co-ordinating conjunction ‘and’.

20.  My niece wants to take dance lessons, they will begin in April.

  • Correction 1- My niece wants to take dance lessons; they will begin in April.

A semi-colon has been used in place of the comma splice.

  • Correction 2- My niece wants to take dance lessons. They will begin in April.

A full stop has been used in place of the comma splice.

  • Correction 1- My niece wants to take dance lessons which will begin in April.

The comma splice has been replaced with a co-ordinating conjunction ‘which’.

21.  We ordered two plates of appetizers, the first dish was good, the second one could’ve been better.

  • Correction 1- We ordered two plates of appetizers. The first dish was good. The second one could’ve been better.

The three comma splices has been replaced with full stops.

  • Correction 2- We ordered two plates of appetizers: The first dish was good. The second one could’ve been better.

The first comma splice has been replaced with a colon.

The second comma splice has been replaced with a full stop.

  • Correction 3- We ordered two plates of appetisers: The first dish was good but the second one could’ve been better.

The first comma splice has been replaced with a colon.

The second comma splice has been replaced with a co-ordinating conjunction ‘but’.

22.  I need a bottle, I need a bag.

  • Correction 1- I need a bottle; I need a bag.

A semi-colon has been used in place of the comma splice.

  • Correction 2- I need a bottle. I need a bag.

A full stop has been used in place of the comma splice.

  • Correction 3- I need a bottle and I need a bag.

The comma splice has been replaced with a co-ordinating conjunction ‘and’.

  • Correction 4- I need a bottle and a bag.

The comma splice has been replaced with a co-ordinating conjunction ‘and’.

However, in this version of the correction the words ‘I need’ in the second clause have been omitted.

Even with the omission, the sentence still makes sense.

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