- 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.
Origin of comma fault
First recorded in 1930–35
Also called comma splice.
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