July 25, 2022
November 10, 2022.
A comma splice is a grammatical error that occurs when a comma is used to join two independent clauses without a conjunction. An independent clause can function as a standalone sentence, because it has its own subject and verb.
To fix a comma splice, you can:
Replace the comma with a semicolon (;) to show that the two parts of the sentence are closely related
Replace the comma with a period (.) to create two separate sentences
Add a coordinating or subordinating conjunction (e.g., “and,” “although”) to indicate the relationship between the clauses or to emphasize one of them
Comma splice sentences
Comma splice corrections
Rose likes fruit, she doesn’t like vegetables.
Rose likes fruit; she doesn’t like vegetables.
Eli is a volunteer firefighter, Ben is an event planner.
Eli is a volunteer firefighter. Ben is an event planner.
July 14, 2022
February 5, 2023.
Further and farther are related words that can have similar meanings, depending on the context. Both can refer to distances, but further has some additional senses for which you can’t use farther.
Farther can be used as an adjective and an adverb. It’s used to mean “at a greater distance,” whether literally or figuratively.
Further may be used in a similar way to mean “at a greater distance” (though “farther” is more common). But it can also be used as an adjective meaning “more,” as an adverb meaning “additionally,” and as a verb meaning “advance” or “promote.”
Examples: Farther in a sentence
Examples: Further in a sentence
Colorado is farther from New York than Iowa.
Further research is needed into the subject.
We were sitting farther away from the stage than I had hoped.
Geoff intended to further his career through hard work and diligence.
I’ll go this far, and no farther.
Further, I intend to investigate the effects of caffeine intake on the participants’ concentration.
July 12, 2022
February 5, 2023.
Affect and effect are two related words that are commonly confused. They’re pronounced similarly, and in their most common meanings they both refer to change, but they have different grammatical roles:
Affect is a verb that describes the act of producing a change in someone or something.
Effect is a noun that refers to the result or change itself, as in the phrase “cause and effect.”
Examples: Affect in a sentence
Examples: Effect in a sentence
Staying up late tonight might affect your performance tomorrow.
Tourism has had a positive effect on the economy.
The result of the exam will affect your overall grade.
The fog created an eerie effect.
The independent variable affects the dependent variable.