This brief post identifies a common mistake made by students when writing academic assignments. It concerns the incorrect use of the comma in sentence construction.
Let’s get the technical, grammatical jargon out of the way. Run-on sentences and comma splices indicate compound sentences that are not punctuated correctly. A run-on sentence has at least two parts; two or more independent clauses that have been joined together incorrectly. A comma splice denotes when these distinct sentences are joined together by a comma. Some definite rules can be followed when writing sentences, in order to avoid punctuation errors: