11. Some things are just plain wrong
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When a sentence contains two principal or co-ordinate clauses (phrases that could stand alone as separate sentences), it is always wrong to connect them with a comma. Here is an example of a comma splice:
- Sheep are great, they live on grass.
To correct a comma splice, choose one of three options:
Insert a period after the first phrase and start a new sentence
- Sheep are great. They live on grass.
Introduce the second clause with "and", "or", "but", "because" or a similar word
- Sheep are great because they live on grass.
Use a colon, semicolon or dash to separate the phrases. Never use a comma.
- Sheep are great; they live on grass.
Used as a verb, articulate means to pronounce distinctly, to utter a speech sound by making the necessary movements of the speech organs, or to express in coherent verbal form. It is therefore impossible to articulate (verb) in writing although one can create an articulate (adj.) essay.Back to Top
Please see Convocation, section 9.4. Convocate is not a verb; our students graduate.Back to Top