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Punctuation (Avoiding Comma Splicing) 01
'Chess takes ages to finish because it is very difficult' is a good use of English. Don't be tempted to write 'Chess takes ages to finish, it is very difficult' because this is known as comma splicing.

Punctuation (Avoiding Comma Splicing) 01

Do not use 'comma splices' to link two sentences. Use a connective (conjunction) or a semi-colon, e.g. 'The school is big and it has two halls', not 'The school is big, it has two halls' - this is not good English!

Play this quiz to see how well you understand comma splicing.

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This quiz is VERY hard because sometimes just one letter is wrong. Make sure you look at every letter to see if it is a capital!

1.
Connect the following sentence.
The house is huge. It has three floors.
The house is huge and It has three floors.
The house is huge, It has three floors.
The house is huge; it has three floors.
The house is huge; It has three floors.
You can use 'and' but 'it' must be lower case if so!
2.
Connect the following sentence.
The game takes ages to finish. It is very difficult.
The game takes ages to finish because It is very difficult.
The game takes ages to finish because it is very difficult.
The game takes ages to finish, It is very difficult.
The game takes ages to finish, it is very difficult.
'It' becomes lower case when joined as one sentence.
3.
Connect the following sentence.
I can't use that printer. The ink has dried out.
I can't use that printer and The ink has dried out.
I can't use that printer because the ink has dried out.
I can't use that printer, The ink has dried out.
I can't use that printer, the ink has dried out.
'Because' joins the two sentences well here.
4.
Connect the following sentence.
I have lost my book. My name is on the front of it.
I have lost my book and My name is on the front of it.
I have lost my book, My name is on the front of it.
I have lost my book, my name is on the front of it.
I have lost my book; my name is on the front of it.
Use a semicolon to join simple sentences successfully.
5.
Connect the following sentence.
The tent is large. Four people can sleep in it.
The tent is large and four people can sleep in it.
The tent is large! Four people can sleep in it.
The tent is large, Four people can sleep in it.
The tent is large, four people can sleep in it.
You can connect two sentences with 'and'/'but'/'or' etc.
6.
Connect the following sentence.
This ball is suitable for basketball. It bounces well.
This ball is suitable for basketball, It bounces well.
This ball is suitable for basketball, it bounces well.
This ball is suitable for basketball; it bounces well.
This ball is suitable for basketball; It bounces well.
First letter of second sentence becomes lower case.
7.
Connect the following sentence.
My brother is the eldest of us. He is twenty years old.
My brother is the eldest of us and He is twenty years old.
My brother is the eldest of us, he is twenty years old.
My brother is the eldest of us, He is twenty years old.
My brother is the eldest of us; he is twenty years old.
8.
Connect the following sentence.
The bag is blue. It has a pocket for my wallet.
The bag is blue and it has a pocket for my wallet.
The bag is blue because It has a pocket for my wallet.
The bag is blue, it has a pocket for my wallet.
The bag is blue, It has a pocket for my wallet.
First letter of second sentence becomes lower case.
9.
Connect the following sentence.
Their garden is large. It even has a tennis court.
Their garden is large and It even has a tennis court.
Their garden is large, It even has a tennis court.
Their garden is large, it even has a tennis court.
Their garden is large; it even has a tennis court.
You can use 'and' but 'it' must be lower case if so!
10.
Connect the following sentence.
The mirror is lovely. It is a special offer.
The mirror is lovely and It is a special offer.
The mirror is lovely, it is a special offer.
The mirror is lovely, It is a special offer.
The mirror is lovely; it is a special offer.
You can use 'and' but 'it' must be lower case if so!
Author:  Sue Daish

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