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    If you destroy something, it is so badly damaged, it cannot be used again

    Hello all,
    Is this kind of a comma splice sentence?

    "If you destroy something, it is so badly damaged, it cannot be used again."

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    #2

    Re: comma splice sentence

    It's much better as:

    If you 'destroy' something, it is so badly damaged that it cannot be used again.

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    #3

    Re: comma splice sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by nininaz View Post
    Hello all,
    Is this kind of a comma splice sentence?

    "If you destroy something, it is so badly damaged, it cannot be used again."

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    I don't consider this a comma splice. It is not an example of independent sentences joined by a comma.

    The above is equivalent to "If you destroy something, then it is so badly damaged that it cannot be used again."

    The following is an example of a comma splice:

    "I saw her at the market, she was buying potatoes."
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    Re: comma splice sentence

    You can do without "that". In that case, you just write: "If you destroy something, it is so badly damaged it cannot be used again". You don't need a comma before "it".

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    #5

    Re: comma splice sentence

    I agree. I don't like the second comma.

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    Re: If you destroy something, it is so badly damaged, it cannot be used again

    Nininaz, I have changed your thread title. Title should include some or all of the words/phrases you are asking us about.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: comma splice sentence

    I don't consider this a comma splice. It is not an example of independent sentences joined by a comma.
    Thanks all for your replies and great help.
    As a conclusion, I feel that If the sentences cab be connected logically, using comma between them are not regarded as a comma splice sentence.
    So interested in learning English.

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