Mischa and a Comma Splice

June 6, 2006

Mischa Barton's bad luck continues, she was killed off The O.C. for reportedly being too hard to work with, now her boyfriend has left her.

This run-on sentence contains two comma splices. Three independent clauses are separated by two commas. A comma cannot separate independent clauses in a sentence. Only a semicolon or a conjunction can separate independent clauses in a sentence.

One way of correcting this error is to isolate one of the clauses as its own sentence and join the two remaining clauses properly.

Mischa Barton's bad luck continues. She was killed off The O.C. for reportedly being too hard to work with, and now her boyfriend has left her.

  • There are other ways to correct the error. See if you can come up with one and post it in the comments.
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One Response to “Mischa and a Comma Splice”

  1. ER Says:

    Can also be…

    Mischa Barton’s bad luck continues. She was killed off “The O.C.” for reportedly being too hard to work with, and now, her boyfriend has left her.

    * The second comma has the effect of suspense.


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