Comma Splice Quiz: Trivia Test!

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Comma splice quiz: trivia test! A comma splice is created when two independent clauses are joined with a comma and no conjunction. Most people see comma splices as an error but do you think it is? In the quiz provided you will be expected to choose sentences that are written correctly and the comma used appropriately. Do give it a try and see if you get to do a good job. All the best!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Which of these is a correct sentence?

    • A.

      Harry hit the punching bag hard, the bag swung back at him.

    • B.

      Harry hit the punching bag hard, so the bag swung back at him.

    • C.

      Harry hit the punching bag hard the bag swung back at him.

    • D.

      Harry hit the punching bag, hard the bag swung back at him.

    Correct Answer
    B. Harry hit the punching bag hard, so the bag swung back at him.
    Explanation
    The second option is correct. The addition of the conjunction "so" after the comma makes the sentence grammatically correct.

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  • 2. 

    Select the sentences below that contain comma splices.

    • A.

      Johnny plays ball, Sally plays with dolls.

    • B.

      I have to go, and she has to come with me.

    • C.

      Either do, or do not; there is no try.

    • D.

      Hitting people isn't nice, you shouldn't hit people.

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Johnny plays ball, Sally plays with dolls.
    D. Hitting people isn't nice, you shouldn't hit people.
    Explanation
    The first and last lines contain comma splices, as both the clauses before and after the comma are independent clauses.

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  • 3. 

    Rewriting the sentence "Bill ran left, Sarah ran right." to "Bill ran left; Sarah ran right." fixes the comma splice.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    True: the semi-colon separates the independent clauses.

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  • 4. 

    Which of the following are ways to fix a comma splice?

    • A.

      Remove the comma

    • B.

      Add a conjunction after the comma such as and or so.

    • C.

      Make one of the clauses subordinate

    • D.

      Switch the order of the clauses in the sentence.

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. Add a conjunction after the comma such as and or so.
    C. Make one of the clauses subordinate
    Explanation
    Removing the comma makes the sentence a run-on, and switching the order of the clauses doesn't affect the structure. Make one clause subordinate makes the comma valid, and adding conjunction will also fix the splice.

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  • 5. 

    Which of the following is not coordinating conjunction?

    • A.

      And

    • B.

      So

    • C.

      But

    • D.

      While

    Correct Answer
    D. While
    Explanation
    While: while is a marker word that makes an independent clause a dependent clause.

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  • 6. 

    You can fix a comma splice by making one of the main clauses a phrase: Ted is the best plumber in town, he fixes things quickly. -> becomes: Ted-the best plumber in town-fixes things quickly.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    True: changing the structure of the sentence this way fixes the comma splice.

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  • 7. 

    If you have a comma in-between two independent clauses, changing it to a period will fix the error.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The independent clauses can stand on their own, so changing the comma to a period is valid.

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  • 8. 

    Select the coordinating conjunctions that fit the sentence below: Sally hit her head and started crying, __ Andy laughed at her.

    • A.

      So

    • B.

      And

    • C.

      Yet

    • D.

      Or

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. So
    B. And
    C. Yet
    Explanation
    So, and, and yet all fit in the context of this sentence.

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  • 9. 

    Which sentence below contains a comma splice?

    • A.

      I have one dollar, she has two dollars.

    • B.

      He has three dollars. No one has four dollars.

    • C.

      We're all pretty broke, so we don't eat out much.

    • D.

      We just eat at home; it's a good thing bread is cheap.

    Correct Answer
    A. I have one dollar, she has two dollars.
    Explanation
    The first sentence contains a comma splice because both clauses are independent.

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  • 10. 

    If all else fails, you can rewrite your sentence completely to fix the issue.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Sometimes rewriting the sentence works to fix your errors if you can't think of another way to get rid of them.

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