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.

Nearby words

  1. comm badge,
  2. comm.,
  3. comma,
  4. comma bacillus,
  5. comma butterfly,
  6. comma position,
  7. comma splice,
  8. commack,
  9. commager,
  10. commager, henry steele

Origin of comma fault

First recorded in 1930–35

Also called comma splice.

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