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Hi all,

Can I simply join two independent clauses using a comma?Please explain.

(Independent clause, Independent clause.)

Thank you

Merry Christmas
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No, no, no! Native speakers do this and it makes me crazy.

Look up "comma splice."

Use a period. Use a semi-colon. Use an "and." Do NOT use a comma!
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Hi,
No. Use a conjunction, or a semi-colon., or just make them two separate sentences.

Of course, if your English is so good that you want to make eg a literary statement by using non-conventional English, you can do what you wish. Emotion: wink

Clive
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goatHi all, Can I simply join two independent clauses using a comma?Please explain.(Independent clause, Independent clause.) Thank youMerry Christmas
The only time a comma works is when you have three or more, but you still need a coordinating conjunction:

The turkey is done, the potatoes are mashed (,) and the gravy is simmering.
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Hi. Please help. Does the sentence below show incorrect use of commas?

They had no money, the door had been closed accidentally, so how could they have gone to where they were?
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Hi,

Does the sentence below show incorrect use of commas?

They had no money, the door had been closed accidentally, so how could they have gone to where they were?

Yes, say

They had no money and the door had been closed accidentally, so how could they have gone to where they were?

Clive
Hi. Thank you. Please help me with this too. Would you say this is incorrect too? I am asking about the use of commas in the sentence.

Go, tell them, so they will know what to do when it strikes.

I am sorry but could you also tell me if we could write "Go tell them" instead of writing "Go, tell them" (separating the "Go" and "tell them" with the comma)? I think we could.
Hi,

Please help me with this too. Would you say this is incorrect too? I am asking about the use of commas in the sentence.

Go, tell them, so they will know what to do when it strikes.

This is structured as a command, and its drama makes it sound fine.

I am sorry but could you also tell me if we could write "Go tell them" instead of writing "Go, tell them" (separating the "Go" and "tell them" with the comma)? I think we could. Yes, 'go do something' is a very common and accepted structure, particularly in casual English. More common than the version with the comma.

Clive
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