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Splice is the ringleader of the Run-On Gang…
…a group of renegade felons who will stop at nothing to tear down and destroy sentence
infrastructure. But their designs on mischief generally run
into a road block. The name of that road block?
Independent Clause. “Indie” to his friends. Indie sees to it that the laws of Grammaria
He is surrounded by a team of tough law-enforcers… His brother, Dependent Clause…
…Comma the Connector…
…Semi “Truck” Colon…
…The Conjunction Bunch…
…and Perry Odd the Period. Together, they fight crimes against grammar.
But not today. No… today, they are on their way to an essay
jam session in Perry Odd’s garage.
Not everyone may understand, but they can crank out some pretty jazzy paragraphs.
Meanwhile, Splice and the boys have been at it again, trying to make life difficult on
All of the stop signs have been replaced by commas.
And who ever stops at a comma when approaching an intersection?
Well, that’s going to take some time to clean up.
With Indie left to exchange insurance information…
…Splice is free to wreak even more havoc. Like removing periods and commas…
…leaving nothing but two independent clauses stuck together.
Public indecency. A serious offense. Will Indie and the gang be able to extricate
themselves from their current situation…
…Or will Splice and the Run-On Gang conduct even more dastardly deeds?
They need your help to make sure those sentence villains… serve a life sentence.
Here’s what you’ll need to know to bring the nefarious Run-On Gang to justice.
In a comma splice, two independent clauses are stuck together in one sentence…
…with only a poor, defenseless little comma charged with the job of holding them together.
Remember – a clause contains both a subject and a verb.
Ugh. Splice has clearly been reaching into her old bag of tricks. This sentence is a
To set things right, we could break it up into two sentences…
…but there may be a better option.
After all, the two clauses are related to one another, so it would be nice if we could
keep them together.
What if we added a conjunction? Or… what about a semicolon?
Either would be a huge improvement.
Crisis averted… for now. But our heroes had better get back on the job soon…
…before Splice and her cohorts start some other trouble…
Tune in next time on… Laws of Grammar. <<dun dun>>