The Thomas Hardye School

Weekly Literacy Focus

Week Fifteen

January 3rd 2017


Comma Splicing


How not to use commas:
Some people think you use commas to take a pause.
This is a myth. Full stops are used for pauses between two sentences. Like this:
Baby you’re a firework. Come and show ‘em what you’re worth.

Some people think you can turn two sentences into one using a comma, like this:
Baby you’re a firework, come and show ‘em what you’re worth.  
This is a mistake.

How to correct a comma mistake:
Connectives can join sentences together:
Baby you’re a firework, so come and show ‘em what you’re worth.  

Weaker versions of the full stop can join sentences together (semi-colons ; and colons : )

Baby you’re a firework; come and show ‘em what you’re worth.

Or you could shout
Baby you’re a firework! Come and show ‘em what you’re worth.


How to use commas correctly:

In a list
You can use commas in lists, in speech, and in complex sentences.
‘ing’ starts, and in speech

Sighing, I reminded them, “you can’t use a comma to take a pause anywhere you want.”

In compound and complex sentences – look for the connective!

There aren’t many ways to use a comma correctly, so be careful.
If you aren’t sure, use a full stop.

If a full stop works, it’s right!   


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