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In my last blog, I wrote about the comma splice and the three possible corrections writers can apply. But it’s worth taking the time to examine those solutions in more detail.

In my last blog, I wrote about the two main functions of commas. First, they show readers where to pause and take a breath while they are reading. Second, they also indicate the grammar of a sentence. Nowhere do these two functions come into conflict more than with the infamous comma splice.

As a University Professor, my students constantly ask: “Am I on the right track?” They want to know whether their essays make sense. Specifically, they want to know whether their essays will get a good grade upon evaluation.

What matters more when writing an essay: the content or structure? You will be surprised at what actually matters. It's the structure. Essays with good ideas without logic or a connection which leads you seamlessly from one sentence into another is hard to understand and even worse to have to grade! Imagine going to a movie where the end came at the beginning, the plot twist comes at the end, the main character is introduced halfway through the movie, and there is no resolution to the main conflict. Not a good idea and that's why no one has ever produced this movie. 

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