comma fault
noun Date: circa 1934 comma splice

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • comma fault — noun : the careless or unjustified use of a comma between coordinate main clauses not connected by a conjunction called also comma splice * * * Gram. the use of a comma, rather than a semicolon, colon, or period, to separate related main clauses… …   Useful english dictionary

  • comma fault — com′ma fault n. gram. the misuse of a comma, rather than a semicolon, colon, or period, to separate related main clauses not joined by a conjunction • Etymology: 1930–35 …   From formal English to slang

  • comma fault — Gram. 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, esp. in formal writing. Also called comma splice …   Universalium

  • comma splice — noun : comma fault * * * Gram. See comma fault. [1920 25] * * * comma splice, = comma fault. (Cf. ↑comma fault) …   Useful english dictionary

  • comma splice — Gram. See comma fault. [1920 25] * * * …   Universalium

  • comma splice — com′ma splice n. gram. comma fault • Etymology: 1920–25 …   From formal English to slang

  • commafault — comma fault n. Improper use of a comma to join two independent clauses. Also called comma splice. * * * …   Universalium

  • commasplice — comma splice n. See comma fault. * * * …   Universalium

  • run-on sentence — noun an ungrammatical sentence in which two or more independent clauses are conjoined without a conjunction • Hypernyms: ↑sentence * * * noun 1. : a sentence formed with a comma fault 2. : a sentence that rambles on by the slipshod adding on of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • run-on sentence — a written sequence of two or more main clauses that are not separated by a period or semicolon or joined by a conjunction. Also called fused sentence. Cf. comma fault. [1910 15] * * * …   Universalium

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