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    Is this sentence correct?

    Is it possible to write a sentence like this:

    "John is a father, he lives in America and he's very smart."

    I know it's probably better to say "John is a father, lives in America and is very smart", but is the above possible?

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    It's a comma splice.

    Change the comma to a semicolon.


    Please note that a better title would have been John is a father...

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    #3

    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    Thanks, is there anything wrong with this:

    "This is because of its deterrent effect, its ability to save the government a lot of money and the fact that we can keep dangerous criminals out of society forever."

    Thanks.

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    #4

    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    No — that's fine, though a comma after 'money' would be preferable.

    When items in a list are phrases rather than single words, it's better to use a comma before 'and' for the sake of clarity.

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    #5

    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    Thanks. Appreciate your response!

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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    It's a comma splice.
    Is that really a comma splice? It would be if it read, "John is a father, he lives in America." But the end changes the 'splice' from
    "A, B" to "A, B and C", which I think is acceptable.

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    #8

    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    Good point, Ray. I didn't read it like that.

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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    I guess that's yet another good reason for using a serial comma - almost always.
    "John is a father, lives in America, and is very smart" is less likely to be misread. "A, B, and C" is much clearer to me than "A, B and C", but for some reason people don't know they have that option (or don't care, or don't like it).
    Last edited by Raymott; 17-Sep-2014 at 11:41. Reason: typo

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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    Ok, this kind of changes things. So is it now right, as Raymott said, to say:

    "John is a father, he lives in America, and he's very smart." (with or without the last comma)?

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    Jonathan

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