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    is this sentence a comma splice, run-os or correct

    The chess-playing computer defeats every student the programmers insist that the machine cannot really think.

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    Re: is this sentence a comma splice, run-os or correct

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    Hi Lizy
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    That's a run-on sentence.
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    Re: is this sentence a comma splice, run-os or correct

    Quote Originally Posted by lizy View Post
    The chess-playing computer defeats every student the programmers insist that the machine cannot really think.
    That needs punctuation. It is a run-on sentence.

    The chess-playing computer defeats every student; the programmers insist that the machine cannot really think.

    The chess-playing computer defeats every student. The programmers insist that the machine cannot really think.

    The chess-playing computer defeats every student, but the programmers insist that the machine cannot really think.

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    Re: is this sentence a comma splice, run-os or correct

    Of course, for the sentence to be a comma splice, it would need a comma...

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    Re: is this sentence a comma splice, run-os or correct

    Quote Originally Posted by rewboss View Post
    Of course, for the sentence to be a comma splice, it would need a comma...
    True that!

    For the learners, this is the thread sentence as a comma splice:

    The chess-playing computer defeats every student, the programmers insist that the machine cannot really think.

    A comma splice is a type of run-on sentence; it connects two clauses with nothing but a comma.

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    Re: is this sentence a comma splice, run-os or correct

    For everyone -- including learners -- the comma splice is a very common error, even among native speakers.

    The rule is this: If you have two coordinate clauses in one sentence, you usually need a conjunction to join them -- a word like "and" or "but", for example. Many writers insist that a comma comes before the conjunction, others are not so fussy.

    But without a conjunction, you have what are called "contact clauses", and contact clauses need a semicolon between them. MikeNewYork's examples in post number 3 show all the possibilities: use a conjunction, write two separate sentences or use a semicolon.

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