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comma fault

noun, Grammar.
1.
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, especially in formal writing.
Also called comma splice.
Origin of comma fault
1930-1935
First recorded in 1930-35
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