comma fault

comma fault

noun Grammar.
the use of a comma, rather than a semicolon, colon, or period, to separate related main clauses in the absence of a coordinating conjunction: often considered to be incorrect or undesirable, especially in formal writing.
Also called comma splice.


Origin:
1930–35

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