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comma splicing: what do you think?

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harpsichordcarrier Fri 24-Oct-08 22:17:52

now personally I don't mind a little light comma splicing, after all if it is good enough for Graham Greene et al. it is good enough for me.
However, it appears that in the assessment criteria for English, we are to mark down those who comma-splice.
Surely it is a matter of taste, in most instances?

NightOfTheLivingThread Fri 24-Oct-08 22:19:37

What is comma splicing? Can you give example?

PeaMcLean Fri 24-Oct-08 22:20:00

dunno. what is it?

PortofinoPumpkin Fri 24-Oct-08 22:20:13

I have always considered that my grammar is good, but I have never heard of comma splicing. Elaboration please?

Dottoressa Fri 24-Oct-08 22:22:11

I personally detest the habit, and I now know not to bother with Graham Greene!

When I was a university lecturer, I came down very heavily on students who went in for it...

childrenofthecornsilk Fri 24-Oct-08 22:23:16

I know! It's when you put a comma in a sentence to separate the clauses with no conjunction.
e.g. I don't like my dog, he's a smelly idiot.
It should be
I don't like my dog, as he is a smelly idiot.

I think.

Hathor Fri 24-Oct-08 22:24:28

What's wrong with a semi-colon
I don't like my dog; he's smelly.

VeniVidiVickiQV Fri 24-Oct-08 22:24:39

no, I think it poor form. A semi-colon should be used - not a comma. A coordinating conjuction at the very least.

Dottoressa Fri 24-Oct-08 22:25:05

Hurrah for Hathor!

VeniVidiVickiQV Fri 24-Oct-08 22:26:13

Ah - you see Dottoresa uses a coordinating conjuction grin

Harpsi - are you trying to separate the men from the boys? wink

PeaMcLean Fri 24-Oct-08 22:26:47

Where do you learn about co-ordinating conjunctions?

Ellbell Fri 24-Oct-08 22:26:58

Another frowner-uponner here. Surely that's why the semi-colon was invented?

childrenofthecornsilk Fri 24-Oct-08 22:27:44

Hmmm yes, my example should have a semi-colon.
I don't like my dog; he's a smelly idiot.

VeniVidiVickiQV Fri 24-Oct-08 22:28:53

colons (and semi's) are very underrated grin

RottenOtter Fri 24-Oct-08 22:28:54

yes vvvqv

i have thought the pedants threads to be veering toward mainstream of late

PeaMcLean Fri 24-Oct-08 22:29:44

Does it matter?

Ellbell Fri 24-Oct-08 22:30:52

Does it matter?


You come on a pedant thread and ask if it matters?

LoopyLena Fri 24-Oct-08 22:31:57

2 seperate sentances, joined by a comma when they should be seperate sentances or have a semi-colon.

It is nearly half past five, we cannot reach town before dark.

Should be...

It is nearly half past five; we cannot reach town before dark.


It is nearly half past five. We cannot reach town before dark.

Or the other option is to change the wording...

It is nearly half past five, so we cannot reach town before dark.


As it is nearly half past five, we cannot reach town before dark.

So there endeth the lesson! (I'm not clever, I looked it up on Wikipedia!!!)

pointygravedogger Fri 24-Oct-08 22:32:13

I don't like it

VeniVidiVickiQV Fri 24-Oct-08 22:33:02

oh indeed nao
more folk like harpsi are required to bring back balance

PeaMcLean Fri 24-Oct-08 22:33:12

Yup grin

See, I always thought language was for communication. And that includes punctuation (and yes I know there are things in this sentence that will seriously piss people off LOL)

So, why does it matter? Does it make a difference to the meaning?

Hathor Fri 24-Oct-08 22:33:41

I don't like you calling the dog an idiot. He is just a dog.

skyatnight Fri 24-Oct-08 22:33:52

If you use a conjunction, I don't think you need a comma, or a semi-colon, as well.

childrenofthecornsilk Fri 24-Oct-08 22:34:10

You have not met him.

PortofinoPumpkin Fri 24-Oct-08 22:35:05

Phew - even though I didn't know what it was, I am most relieved to know that I would not dream of doing it!

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