Avoiding comma splices

A comma splice occurs where a comma joins two or more independent parts of a sentence. The comma should not do this, but I see it every day.

Here’s an example:

The CEO is on leave, her executive assistant will handle all queries.

The above sentence has two parts, each with a subject and a verb. This means they are both independent clauses and shouldn’t be joined by a comma.

To write the example sentence correctly, do one of the following:

1- Keep the comma and add a conjunction (and, so, but):

✅ The CEO is on leave, and her executive assistant will handle all queries.

2- Use a full stop instead of the comma:

✅ The CEO is on leave. Her executive assistant will handle all queries.

3- Use a semi-colon instead of the comma:

✅ The CEO is on leave; her executive assistant will handle all queries.

2021-05-17T15:09:32+10:00