comma fault


noun Grammar.

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.

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Also called comma splice.

Origin of comma fault

First recorded in 1930–35
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