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The following sentence an example of a comma splice: I read the newspaper today, there were some really great stories in it.

The following sentence is an example of a comma splice: My brother has four children, they look a lot like him.

The following sentence is an example of a comma splice: For lunch she ate two sandwiches, a salad and a cookie.

The following sentence is an example of a comma splice: I did my homework today because I really want to learn English.

The following sentence is an example of a comma splice: I love working at the bank, but my friend hates it.

The following sentence is an example of a comma splice: I went to the cinema yesterday and saw a film, it starred Brad Pitt.

The following sentence is an example of a comma splice: I went shopping today for hours. I bought a beautiful dress.

The following is an example of a comma splice: My father, a great professor, gave me a lot of advice on school.

The following sentence is an example of a comma splice. For my birthday, we ate a lot of cake.

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275 Comments on “Writing in English – Comma Splices”

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Great lesson, I had never heard about comma splices !

Wednesday, May 2nd 2012

    Hi Emma & Teams, Thanks a lot for give the opportunity to learn English for non native speakers. Once again I would like to say thanks for the hole Team members.

    Friday, June 29th 2012

    I must to speak english very well because i like english very well

    Friday, November 2nd 2012

    Thanks Emma, i did a lot of mistake on this lessons comma, i will do it again and again.

    Monday, January 6th 2014

Dear Emma, Many thanks for this useful vid about using comma properly. We are short of this kind of vids for advanced learners here in Hungary. Ohh btw, greeting from Hungary. I like your new haircut.


Wednesday, May 2nd 2012

Nowadays this is a very common error in spanish language too. In fact, some years ago I thought I was wrong or it was a new way to write the language… until this lesson.

Wednesday, May 2nd 2012

It was a great explanation, and now I can use comma correctly in English.

Wednesday, May 2nd 2012

Hello dear Emma.Thank you for your Videos it was so useful for me And I hope you continue to do video in academic writing like fragment and subject verb agreement and so on.
best wishes for you.

Wednesday, May 2nd 2012

hell yeah, gorgeous haircut. take care, Emma cya until next time.

Wednesday, May 2nd 2012

Thank you for sharing a worth lesson. It help the people around the Globe.

Wednesday, May 2nd 2012

Thanks a lot for your lesson Emma, but I have a question for you: what about the colon?and dashes and quotes?
Punctuation marks are very annoying!

Wednesday, May 2nd 2012

hi, i’m a brazilian guy; i have known engVid on youtube and, since then i have watched your lessons. they are very helpful and thanks to them, my english has improved a lot. you really do a great work.now, i take your lessons everyday. thank you so much.

Wednesday, May 2nd 2012

Hi!! Emma, it has been a great lesson. I hope you can give us more lessons like this. By the way, you´ve got a very nice hair cut, you look so nice…

Regards from México.

Wednesday, May 2nd 2012

nice lesson thank you

Wednesday, May 2nd 2012

Thanks from VietNam.

Wednesday, May 2nd 2012

Why did you put a comma before the word But in the five sentence?

Wednesday, May 2nd 2012

    Thank you for your question.

    We use a comma before ‘but’ if the phrase (clause) after it can be its own sentence.

    For example:

    I like watching movies, but I don’t like watching TV.

    ‘I don’t like watching TV’ can be its own sentence because it has a subject (I) and a verb (don’t like watching. ‘But’ actually joins two sentences together.

    If the phrase after ‘but’ cannot be its own sentence, we don’t use a comma.

    For example: I’m feeling tired but good.

    ‘Good’ can’t be its own sentence. It’s missing a subject and a verb. Therefore, we don’t need a comma before ‘but’.

    This is the comma rule for what are called FANBOYS: For, and, nor, but, or, yet, so.

    Here are some more examples of this comma rule.

    I visit engvid everyday, and I love the videos on the site. (Notice the comma before ‘and’)

    I like coffee and tea. (Notice there is no comma)

    Today I was tired, so I went to bed early. (Notice comma before ‘so’)

    I want to improve my English, but I don’t know how. (Notice comma before ‘but’)

    My friend is funny but lazy. (Notice there is no comma)

    Monday, May 7th 2012

      good explanation,but i see some sentences with but without a comma,they are not like you explained.
      both sentences are complete sentences and i can not figure out why there is no comma

      Wednesday, May 16th 2012

        sorry, which one ?
        I didn’t see any thing wrong here :)

        Friday, June 22nd 2012

      Nice explanation

      Friday, August 31st 2012

      ……very easy to understand .Thanks

      Sunday, November 25th 2012

      thanks for saying this madam ,but i believe that if you want learn a language you have to speak and write with the people who may know more then you in order to correct your mistakes.

      Wednesday, February 6th 2013

      Awesome explanation…Thanks

      Monday, May 20th 2013

      Just another question. I like watching movies, but he doesn’t like watching TV. Is it correct mam?

      Monday, May 20th 2013

      An excellent example. Thanks, Mam.

      Sunday, April 7th 2019

      Very well explained. I understood the lesson, but did not score well. Keep up the great work. Thank you, Emma.

      Friday, November 22nd 2019

great lesson Emma, thanks a lot!!!

Wednesday, May 2nd 2012

Hii Emma,
I would like you to thank for correcting my sentences which I included in my last comment.I have understood my mistakes after reading the rectified ones corrected by you.Today, I intend to tell you something.Sometimes, I feel that it is not possible for me to learn this language properly as I can’t keep a belief in myself .Moreover, I always think that what I am doing/learning/understanding is incorrect. Consequently, it makes me feel bad.Sometimes, I read some sentences in my technical books whose sentence structure is not known to me rather I do not know the rules associated with them for being able to make sentences in that way.I have shown some examples of those.
1.We have a finance dept. in our office headed by Steve Johnson.
2.The company has several branches spread across the city managed by different manager.
Actually mam, what I want to know is that what grammar rules words like “managed by”,”headed by” follow in the above sentences.
Furthermore,how do we use them in a sentence and what’s the related grammar rule.Though, the meaning is very clear as the first sentence indicates that Steve Johnson heads the finance dept.In other words, he is the head of the finance dept.In the second case,the meaning which we can derive from the sentence is that the company has deputed enough number of employees to supervise the activities of each department it has across the city.The sentence clearly means that there is a manager posted at each branch.To be honest, I have acquired this idea as I am an engineering student and have been reading books in English for past three years.
I would request you to help me understand this rule citing some examples.

Wednesday, May 2nd 2012

    The correctness of a sentence/phrase in every natural language depends on its usage. All natural languages have ‘style’, ‘register’ and so on. For example, if I say ‘Fire! Get out!’ am I breaking grammar rules? No, but you can see something is missing: ‘(There’s a) fire! (Let’s all) get out!’. As for your sentences, the first should read ‘Steve Johnson is the finance department – head office in our company’, and the second one should be ‘The company has several branch offices spread across the city. Each office is assigned to a different manager.’

    Thursday, May 3rd 2012

    Hi Sona,

    Thank you for your question. First of all, I’d like to say that it is clear that you have studied English for a long time. Your writing is easy to understand.

    Secondly, I just wanted to remind everyone that it’s okay to make mistakes. In terms of grammar, many people, both native and non native speakers, have difficulty. Everyday, I have English speakers who were born in Canada ask me grammar questions. ESL students do not realize the many mistakes that native speakers make.

    Technical grammar books are difficult for most people to understand, so do not lose hope and do not be too hard on yourselves if you find grammar challenging. I find that sometimes these sorts of books leave students more confused than before.

    In terms of your question about ‘managed by’ and ‘headed by’, your understanding of the example sentences is correct. As you’ve probably noticed, these words are followed by the names or titles of people.

    I will get back to you on this question soon with a more detailed response.

    Monday, May 7th 2012

what a great lesson!!! Thanks a lot.

Wednesday, May 2nd 2012

This lesson is really help me to cleared up all the question i had regarding to comma usage. Thanks you.

Thursday, May 3rd 2012

Emma, you are the best teacher!!! :)

Thursday, May 3rd 2012

very educative!thanks!

Thursday, May 3rd 2012

I enjoy this class! Thanks!

Thursday, May 3rd 2012

you’re so beautiful and cute with new hair

Thursday, May 3rd 2012

I can not understand how to answer for the quiz. ” I read the newspaper today, there were some really great stories in it.”
I think this sentence is incorrect. I should put period instead of comma? Complicated quiz for me…

Thursday, May 3rd 2012

    Hi Masa,

    Comma splices are difficult for both native and non native speakers. You are correct with your example. The sentence is incorrect, so you can put a period to correct it.

    Monday, May 7th 2012

Hi Emma,
I love working at the bank, but my friend hates it. – I thought the sentence was incorrect because “fanboys” (but) are usually used without comma. What is correct?
Thanks a lot!

Thursday, May 3rd 2012

    Hi Anaxo,

    Thank you for your comment. We use a comma with ‘FANBOYS’ when we join two sentences together. Please see my explanation above for eldu19.

    Monday, May 7th 2012

That was really good stuff to learn. Thanks a lot for the lesson!!

Thursday, May 3rd 2012

Great stuff!! Thanks.

Thursday, May 3rd 2012

I think it would be correct a period or the word but, anybody?

Thursday, May 3rd 2012

    Hi Shred,

    These are two ways to correct comma splices. Let me know if you have a specific question or example you’re confused about.

    Monday, May 7th 2012

Thanks Emma.

Thursday, May 3rd 2012

one Sentence, one Verb !!!

Thursday, May 3rd 2012

Thanks for your lessons

Thursday, May 3rd 2012

Supper! Thanks a lot!

Thursday, May 3rd 2012

You are fantastic, greetings from Venezuela.

Thursday, May 3rd 2012

Thanks Emma. I have a question for you. Is “Comma Splices” the same than run-on sentences? Thanks in advance!

Thursday, May 3rd 2012

    They are very similar. The only difference between run-ons and comma splices is the comma.

    A run-on sentence is two or more sentences joined without proper punctuation(eg, I love reading books books are good we should buy more books).

    A comma splice is two sentences mistakenly joined by only a comma (I love reading books, books are good.).

    Monday, May 7th 2012

      Thank you, Professor Emma for your class!
      I really love the correct use of punctuation.
      Please, consider including in the quiz the correct answers of the sentences.

      Monday, February 5th 2018

By the way I liked your new hairstyle. You look so beautiful.

Thursday, May 3rd 2012

I think I made a mistake. Is “Comma Splices” the same as run-on sentences?

Thursday, May 3rd 2012

Emma apparently there is another way to avoid “Comma splices”, but I’m not sure. By using a dash to separate two independent clauses. What do you think?

Thursday, May 3rd 2012

    Hi Esphiritu,

    A dash is another possibility as well. It’s rarely used though. Thank you for your comments.

    Monday, May 7th 2012

Hi Emma. I hope you have a nice time, please correct joining the two following sentences with comma splice.

The following sentence is an example of a comma splice: I went to the cinema yesterday and saw a film, it starred Brad Pitt.

This is an example of a comma splice. The comma has been used to incorrectly join two sentences.

Friday, May 4th 2012

    Hi Ali,

    Here is the corrected sentence:

    I went to the cinema yesterday and saw a film. It starred Brad Pitt.

    Monday, May 7th 2012

      Is it wrong to write:
      ” I went to the cinema yesterday, and saw a film. It starred Brad Pitt”.
      I mean, the comma stays because i’m using a coordinating conjunction(and).
      Please, help me!!

      Tuesday, September 10th 2019

Hi Emma!Thank you very much for this lesson!It is very useful and clear!

Friday, May 4th 2012

Thank you very much miss emma, it was very usefull tip.
Best regards from Argentina,

Friday, May 4th 2012

Emma, you are adorable! Thanks for your lessons a lot. :)

Friday, May 4th 2012


Friday, May 4th 2012

engVid moderator: birthday happiness of you I am hambly wishing.

Friday, May 4th 2012

    O______o …Yesterday was my birthday! How did you know…

    Friday, May 4th 2012

Nice lesson, and WOW!!! Nice hair cut!! You look stunning!!!

Friday, May 4th 2012

It was a very useful lesson, thanks a lot.

Friday, May 4th 2012

late but happy birthday EngVid moderator many days like this one. may the third, now everyone knows it. we need 2 know if u r man or woman. one more thing take of picture of you.

Friday, May 4th 2012

I love ur bob hair,it looks great on you.Thank you for the lesson,Ive learned so much from it.

Friday, May 4th 2012

really it is a nice lesson to understand comma

Saturday, May 5th 2012

Thanks Emma!

Saturday, May 5th 2012

thank you madame

Saturday, May 5th 2012

I should admit that it’s the hardest lesson for me on engvid.com

Saturday, May 5th 2012

Hi Emma
will you pleas explain me the meaning of the word “splice” in the “comma splice”?
I’m anxiously waiting for the explanation from you
By the way I’m from Carapicuiba, SP, Brazil

Saturday, May 5th 2012

hello Emma, my teacher, thanks for helping me. i like your lessons very much.. bundle of thanks…
God bless you my Teacher
your sincerely,
Bakht Ullah from Pakistan

Sunday, May 6th 2012

You got a new hairstyle here, wow! It looks nice! ;) Oh, and the lesson was very cool as well!

Sunday, May 6th 2012

Thank you, cani put comma after and.

Sunday, May 6th 2012

I sucked at quiz because i did all in opposite order.

Monday, May 7th 2012

    Hi Harsh,

    Let me know which ones you had difficulties with.

    Monday, May 7th 2012

0 out of 9, wtf

Monday, May 7th 2012

    Hi Max,

    Try to watch the lesson again. If there is something that is confusing, please let me know. I will try to explain here.

    Monday, May 7th 2012

nice lesson Emma

Monday, May 7th 2012

Thank you everyone for your comments!

Monday, May 7th 2012

Thanks for your answer, you are great Emma!!!

Monday, May 7th 2012

its amazing to learn english here i want to improve my englsih iam from pakistan. i every day watch a great videos of Emma & others.hell yes

Tuesday, May 8th 2012

the most confusing thing in this lesson for me was that “comma splice” is the “name of mistake”.sorry i don’t know how to explain it in better way. I mean that “My brother has four children, they look a lot like him.” is example of a comma splice. It means that there is a mistake in this clause.

Tuesday, May 8th 2012

    Great example of a comma splice. I know the name of this sort of mistake may confuse people.

    Friday, May 11th 2012

    I think comma splices is a name of mistake. In English we may not connect two sentences with a help of comma. Comma splice is incorrect by definition.

    Sunday, September 9th 2012

u re’ still my favourite teacher because ur amazing in addressing ur lectures.

Tuesday, May 8th 2012

Thanks for great lessons…I have a question about how to speak such like native American. For example: How can I use teeth, tongue, and the air inside, outside of the mouth during speak. Is that we have special rule for that…such as: each word we have to speak in different way? How many sounds in American we have to learn to become successful such like standard native American speaking. Thanks thousand times for helping me with English…and have a great day…

Tuesday, May 8th 2012

Hi Emma
I am the one that asked you please explain me the exact meaning of the word “splice” in comma splices)
I see that several persons said they went badly on the quiz just like me and this fact makes me think that for sure they too don’t understand the real meaning of the word splice
Otherwise I’d like to let you know that I’ve already looked for this word in two dictionary and I wasn’t cleared up
If it’s possible to explain it I wll be very grateful
Sincery thanks

Tuesday, May 8th 2012

    Hi Neusa,

    Thank you for your question. In English ‘splice’ means to join things together. When we say comma splice, we are saying that two sentences are joined together with a comma. In English, this is considered a mistake.

    Comma splice is the grammatical term for this type of mistake, but I guess this term may make people feel more confused.

    Friday, May 11th 2012

      Hi Emma
      Thank you very much for the explanation I asked you for
      You’re a lovely teacher
      I’m waiting for your next lesson

      Thursday, May 17th 2012

Great lesson:)
I have a question to 3rd sentence. Is it not an identifing clause? Does it mean that i have only one friend? May the comma be ommited here?
Cheers from Poland:)

Wednesday, May 9th 2012

    Hi Koku,

    Thank you for your question. I believe that you’re referring to the sentence “My friend, a student at the University of Toronto, lives on campus.”

    The sentence is a non-identifying clause. I’m giving additional information about my friend that is not necessary to identify whom I’m talking about. I could have also said “My friend lives on campus.”

    The sentence does not necessarily mean I only have one friend. It could mean that I’m speaking about a particular friend who lives on campus. Alternatively, it may also mean that I have only one friend. It all depends on the rest of the conversation ie. the context for the sentence.

    It would be possible to make this sentence into an identifying clause by omitting the comma.

    Eg) My friend who is a student at the University of Toronto lives on campus.

    In this example, I have only one friend who is a student at the University of Toronto.

    Friday, May 11th 2012

Good but you speak very fast.

Wednesday, May 9th 2012

I got to learn a lot from engVid.com… lov u all :)

Thursday, May 10th 2012

My car broke down yesterday, and I need a car to get to work. Therefore, I should buy a new car.

Friday, May 11th 2012


    Friday, May 11th 2012

    you should say,
    “Therefore, I should walk to go work everyday”

    Sunday, June 25th 2017

I want to make friends from all over the world, and I want to talk English like a native speaker.
Friends, you are welcome, if you want to practice spoken English on Skype.
my Skype ID: mursaleen_1
my email: mursaleen.fayyaz@gmail.com

Friday, May 11th 2012

Hi Emma,
Thank you for healping me. I have spelling problems

Friday, May 11th 2012


Friday, May 11th 2012

thank a lot for your lessons you can give as more plz , about conversation . thank you

Friday, May 11th 2012

hi Emma . Can u tell me the difference between english that we normally use in our daily lives and the english completely different to what we use has a name known as ‘slang’

Saturday, May 12th 2012

Thank you Emma!

Sunday, May 13th 2012

hi Emma this was very interesting and I enjoy watching your lessons.
I’ve got a question which is not related to your lesson but quiet difficult to master for me: why is there a song entitled ‘what he don’t know?’ instead of ‘doesn’t’?!
And this is not the 1st time I’ve noticed that (in series)…
thanks in advance

Sunday, May 13th 2012

by the way could you explain me the difference between ‘quite’ and ‘quiet’ because I am always confused
thanks a lot

Sunday, May 13th 2012

Oh Gosh!
No way…
I coulden’t catch the point n
I coulden’t pass the quiz as well.
Dear Emma,if it’s possible 2 u plz make another video on such a new n a bit … 4 understanding topic ASAP!
Many tx,

Sunday, May 13th 2012

thank you !

Sunday, May 13th 2012

wow, this lesson is really fantastic. I hadn’t heard anything about COMMA SPLICES before, and the explaination is excellent. I got 100% in the quizz… thanks a lot…

Sunday, May 13th 2012

Hi Emma,
First of all, I would like to thank you for replying to my last comment.I hope you are having a good time and enjoing yourself at the most.Today, I have read a sentence comprised of more than fifteen words on newspaper.It includes all the information together.The sentence reads as:
Three bodies were found floating near two ghats a day after a boat carrying pilgrims capsized in the Hooghly.
Info:First of all, the sentence provides information about a boat which was taking pilgrims to a sacred,holy place where they had decided to go to worship the almighty God.But they could not reach there as a catastrophe struck taking their lives.After that,someone saw that the bodies of the pilgrims were floating in the river and they were very close to the river bank.
We get these much of information after reading the sentence.According to the sentence, it uses passive voice in the past tense in its first part as the emphasis is on bodies, the object which was found.Next,the sentence also contains an usage of reduced relative clause.(Expln:If the first part of the sentence is expanded, it would be “Someone found three bodies which were floating .Here, it means when a person saw the bodies, they were floating.Now, the second part can be turned into a gerund while retaining all other things unchanged.In that case, the original sentence would get changed to the following one:
someone found three bodies floating.
Furthermore, if this intermediate sentence is converted to the passive voice, it would be “Three bodies were found floating{Here, It is not important to add a by phrase at the end.}.Therefore, the first part of the sentence uses a reduced relative clause as well as the passive structure.My next focus is on “the boat carrying”.It is also another use of reduced relative clause since “carrying” identifies the boat-the one which was carrying pilgrims.The last part is in simple past tense.
I have understood a detailed description of the sentence after learning relative clause’s,passive construction,and other related things.
I do not know if I have realized them clearly and exactly.I request you to check my concept as well as let me know about my mistakes.

Sunday, May 13th 2012

hi Emma,
it was a great lesson that i have learned from you.i wish that i would like to have some more grammer lesson henceforth.

Monday, May 14th 2012

Thanx Emma.

Monday, May 14th 2012

Thank you Emma!

Monday, May 14th 2012

Hi Emma,
Your lessons were useful for me.

I have one question for you.
I do not understand “the way we live”.
What does “the way” mean.?
It means “how” or “road” ?

Tuesday, May 15th 2012

nice lesson Emma

Wednesday, May 16th 2012

Hi there. I would like to share my knowledge about the use of Comma.

The listing use of Comma.

1.Type of list item: noun
He brought coffee, sandwitches, cheese, and soda.

2.Type of list item: verb
She caught, cleaned, cooked and served the fish.

3.Type of list item: adjective
The weather today is cool, dry, and windy.

4.Type of list item: verb phrase
I closed the door, started the car, pulled out of the driveway, and switched on the radio.

5.Type of list item: clause
I made the bread, Bilal cooked the meat, and Rehman chopped the vegetables.

The conjoining use of Comma

1.I lives in Pakistan, and I study at NEDUET.

2.Emma is Canadian, but I am Pakistani.

3.We could continue our relationship, or we could end our relationship.

4.She was sick, so she went to the doctor.

When we use conjunctions, and putting dependent clause first.

1. Although it was hot, he was wearing a coat.

2. Because it was raining, I took my umbrella.

Mursaleen Fayyaz:)
Skype: mursaleen_1

Wednesday, May 16th 2012

    Thanks Emma…

    Friday, May 25th 2012

when it says ”they have shiny coats, is that a complete sentence.

Wednesday, May 16th 2012

    Hi Zayd,

    “They have shiny coats” can be a complete sentence.

    Saturday, May 26th 2012

Can’t we use a subordinator instead of using a conjunction?

Wednesday, May 16th 2012


    Saturday, May 26th 2012

Dear Emma,
great teaching again! Thank you.

By the way.
Even with short hair you look great.
Take care!

Thursday, May 17th 2012

thnx alot dear.plz share your wisdom on writing task 2 also….it was a great lecture . i pray for your success and happiness….

Thursday, May 17th 2012

hi emma how r u?wanna know how to use present perfect and past?

Thursday, May 17th 2012

I thought I had good knowledge of English untill this lesson showed up !! . Where should I put the comma in this sentense : ” I didn’t have a happy birthday but rather a boring one ! ”
And do we generally use commas after (rather) ? Thank you in advance :)

Friday, May 18th 2012

    Hi Aya,

    In your example, you don’t need a comma.

    You need a comma if the part of the sentence after ‘but’ has a subject and a verb.

    “I didn’t have a happy birthday, but rather I had a really boring one.”

    In this sentence we need a comma before ‘but’ because we have both a subject after ‘but’ (eg, I) and a verb (eg, had).

    In terms of the word rather, a comma is optional. It indicates a pause in the sentence.

    Saturday, May 26th 2012

Nice explanation, but could u describe me the clause because I have bit confusion between clause and sentence.
I hope u would fix my problem.

Saturday, May 19th 2012

    Hi Nasim,

    A lot of these grammatical terms can be quite confusing. I’ve written a standard definition of a clause below. This is a basic definition, so I recommend you check out the link below. It links to an in depth definition with many examples.

    A clause is a group of words containing a subject and a predicate (the predicate is the part of the sentence including the verb, objects of the sentence or phrases).

    For a more in depth look at clauses, check out the following link:


    Saturday, May 26th 2012

      Bundle of thanks my dear teacher…

      Saturday, May 26th 2012

      Thanks, Teacher!

      Monday, February 5th 2018

Dear Emma,thank you very much for yours corrections and explanations about comma splices.Take care!!!!

Sunday, May 20th 2012

i was interested 1st because i really don’t know how to use correct comma in a sentence.but you’re too fast to speak i ddn’t understand make it slowly emma ok? it was not cleard.

Monday, May 21st 2012

Great !!
I really understand it !
So many thanks

Wednesday, May 23rd 2012

Dear Emma, this lesson is very well, but the quiz has a problem. People think that this sentence whether correct or false. Nevetheless, the question is “Does the sentence an example of a comma splice?”

Thursday, May 24th 2012


Thursday, May 24th 2012

OMG!That’s so confuse .Thanks

Saturday, May 26th 2012


Friday, June 1st 2012

Thanks so much Emma its really great lesson!!!!

Tuesday, June 5th 2012

Your lecture is really helpful,and I like your excercise questions too. It’s really the planned lecture~ Thank you~~

Tuesday, June 5th 2012

Thanks Emma…

Thursday, June 7th 2012

what a good lesson

Saturday, June 9th 2012

great lesson emma

Monday, June 11th 2012

Thanks Emma

Thursday, June 14th 2012

nice lesson. this is the first time , i heard about comma splices.

Thursday, June 14th 2012

This is practically helpful. I am learning a lot from you.
Thank you

Saturday, June 16th 2012

hi Emma , i like you so much
I have a question about spelling
my spelling so bad how I can make it batter ?
sorry maybe I have so many mistakes right now .

Saturday, June 16th 2012

thanks a lot i really enjoyed the lessons the site is very useful to me so i am going to enjoy all the lessons and to improve my English.

Sunday, June 17th 2012

hello haw arw you

Wednesday, June 20th 2012

Emma . You are best teacher

Thursday, June 21st 2012

nice, thanks!

Saturday, June 23rd 2012

Great lesson. Use comma in english sentences is a lot easier now. Thanks!

Monday, June 25th 2012

Thanks, Emma

Tuesday, June 26th 2012

Hi Emme, Thanks your teaching about comma splices .I really understood your teaching today lesson.

Tuesday, June 26th 2012

it’s really wonderful,and this video helping me lot.

Thursday, June 28th 2012

its really helping a lot to understand the entire english model… many thanks for this..”)

Tuesday, July 3rd 2012

thank you my teacher.

Wednesday, July 4th 2012

Tanks ,Emma

Thursday, July 5th 2012

this lesson was so helpfull ,thank you

Friday, July 6th 2012

thanks was wonderful lesson

Wednesday, July 11th 2012

Wonderful lesson, Emma.
Thank You.

Tuesday, July 17th 2012

What a great lesson. I’ve been studying english for many years but nobody told me about this and I guess no one would do it better than you.

Thanks a million.

Thursday, July 19th 2012

hi mam ur todays lesson is too complicated.

Friday, July 27th 2012

Thanks a lot Emma
today , I learned something new
Thank you

Tuesday, July 31st 2012

Nice Smile Emma, You’re really great teacher. Hope I can catch your lesson. When I was in my college I don’t want an english subject, because my course was Engineer. I thought that this is not important, but right now I’m working as a Network Engineer and dealing with client so I need to speak and write english. I really thanks to this site to help us improve our English language. Please correct my grammar. Once again thank you so much to you.

Friday, August 3rd 2012

Hello Emma!
Thank you so much. It really helps me.

I’d had no idea about comma splices before I listened to your lesson and read these comments. I used to make such mistakes. It’s different in the Russian language. It’s not a mistake when you use a comma between two independent sentences in Russian. There must be a comma before who, what, which, that and so in Russian.

I would love you to tell me about sentences with words who, what, which, that. Sometimes I see a comma before these words when I read a book in English. It still confuses me.

Thanks in advance.


Monday, August 6th 2012

learned something new

Tuesday, August 28th 2012

Hi Emma can you please publish transcript of your explanations in detail with each video as a PDF document if it is possible. I think it is very important to us as a ESL student. forward, thank you very much for your endless efforts. With my best appreciations.

Thursday, August 30th 2012

hard lesson but its nice,
thanks teacher.

Friday, August 31st 2012

thanks a million teacher…your way of teaching is really awesome.keep it up!

Thursday, September 6th 2012

Hi Emma!
Great lesson! Can I suggest some lessons, like when to apply “if” or “wether”, “more” and “further”. I’ve never known the differences and when to apply them. Can you help me, as your are such a great teacher.
Take care

Thursday, September 6th 2012

it is very interesting. I am very happy

Tuesday, September 11th 2012

I got the rules of the exercises, but I failed the quiz!

Sunday, September 16th 2012

Thanks dear Emma for the excellent lesson.It took me long time to understand and,it was so confusing.I went for a nap and then when I came back to this ;it became more clear in my mind.

Saturday, October 13th 2012

Great lesson. Thaks to emma.

Wednesday, October 24th 2012

i confuse some points in your lesson, teacher. do you mean comma splice is a mistake of using comma?

Friday, November 2nd 2012

this is so cool. With the help of engvid I am more confident to take the ielts exam.

Saturday, November 3rd 2012

But in the video, she tells that we don’t use comma before a coordinating conjunction which, I feel, is different from what mr alex says in his lesson on coordinating conjunctions.Please do clear my doubt. anyway thanks for your lessons

Sunday, November 4th 2012

This is a very useful material; the exercises are also helpful to reinforce the teaching material.
2 renjini Yes, Emma says one thing and the exercise may clear your doubts. Just do it to see what she had really meant.

Monday, November 19th 2012

Emma could you explain very complicated for me grammar. Absolute and appositive noun phrases. My teacher explained me but it was so hard to understand. I will be grateful for you help.

Thursday, November 22nd 2012

Emma, I was confused.In your comma splice lesson you add FANBOY conjunction “but” and said that we can use comma before it. However you remove it. Can you, please explain it again?

Friday, December 14th 2012

Thanks! Emma

Wednesday, December 19th 2012

Wow, 9/9!

Tuesday, January 1st 2013

Good way to brush up english.Thanks Emma!

Sunday, January 6th 2013

thank you you always make it sipmle.

Monday, January 7th 2013

Thanks for the good lesson on how to punctuate.

Wednesday, January 9th 2013

Thank you Emma, it really helped me.

Friday, January 25th 2013

hi Emma, lovely to hear your voice. i’m rly happy to follow ur serious of free english video lessons. be hpy & hv fun

Tuesday, January 29th 2013


Wednesday, January 30th 2013

Hi Emma,
I would like to say you have done a great job! You guys help me a lot. Thanks from the bottom of my heart!

Tuesday, March 5th 2013

I enjoy this class! Thanks!

Saturday, March 30th 2013

Thanks for this lesson teacher! Also thank you for Mr. Mursaleen for giving the useful information.

Sunday, April 21st 2013

hai emma, i have a doubt, what r the difference between “i have brought lunch and i brought lunch”

Monday, April 22nd 2013

I enjoy this lesson.It has help me out a lot.thank you!

Friday, April 26th 2013

Hi Emma,
after verb in sentence number four did you you say frame sentence ?

Monday, April 29th 2013

Hi Emma,
Thank you so much.
I first knew you and this website when I was looking for the difference between Most and Almost by google. Now, I will watch all your videos of English lessons.

Wednesday, June 5th 2013

Hello Emma, great explanation! I was looking for lesson like that, but I am still need some help. It is run-ons and comma splices sentences the same problem?
I hope it is not to late to get an answer from you. thank you Emma for that lesson.

Friday, June 14th 2013

Sorry, Emma I saw another student asking the same question as I did. I already saw the answer to my question, thank you any way.
See you on your next lesson.

Friday, June 14th 2013

i love watching movies, but i hate watching tv


i love watching movies but, i hate watching tv

which one of the above sentences are true

Thursday, June 20th 2013

    ok i got it :D

    Thursday, June 20th 2013

Can we use ‘since’ to give the meaning of ‘as’?
For ex: ‘Black bears are beautiful since they have shiny coats’

Tuesday, June 25th 2013

great lesson, really amazing

Sunday, June 30th 2013

Hi, please help me to understand this sentence
Question 3
For lunch she ate two sandwiches, a salad and a cookie.
for me this sentence have a mistake after; salad *** and a cookie (it miss a comma after salad) right ?

Tuesday, July 2nd 2013

    Oh boy…this is one of the biggest debates in the English language — whether to put a comma before the last item in a list.

    That last comma is called a “serial comma” or an “Oxford comma”. With “she ate two sandwiches, a salad(,) and a cookie”, it doesn’t really make a difference. You could read “a salad and a cookie” to refer to the two sandwiches — but there’s no such thing as a salad sandwich or a cookie sandwich, so you know that she ate 4 different things.

    Now, if it were “two sandwiches, cheese and bacon”, it might be confusing, because it might mean “a cheese sandwich and a bacon sandwich”, or “two sandwiches, and some cheese, and some bacon”. That’s when the Oxford comma comes in handy!

    Wednesday, July 3rd 2013

      Thanks, it was my doubt, too.

      Monday, February 5th 2018

I got 9 corrected out of 9 :D thank you Emma.

Sunday, July 7th 2013

10/10, thank you Emma. It’s the 1st time i’ve heard of “fanboys” since have studied english. Very good way to keep in mind coordinate conjuctions.

Sunday, July 28th 2013

what does splice mean?

Tuesday, September 10th 2013

I am new in this website, but I really had a good time watching your video and reading all your explanations.

Thanks a lot.

Friday, November 22nd 2013

hallo emma very good lesson! but i have a question, like the example3″My friend, a student at the university of toronto, lives on campus”. i remembered u say that two or more sentences combined in a wrong way, but like”lives on campus”,that is not a sentence. where is the subject for this?

Saturday, December 14th 2013

Hi Emma! Thanks for this lesson, but I think that I understood nothing. My score is 22. Might I understand the term “Comma splice” wrong?

Wednesday, December 25th 2013

Hello Emma.Thanks for the good lesson.I have a question. In Bulgarian writing we use lots of commas,so it is confusing for me to understand the rules in English. We often join two or more simple sentences with commas to form compound sentence ( I think this is the correct term). So it is always an error to join two or more simple sentences with just a comma in English, right? I will have to use semicolon? Sorry for my bad English.

Wednesday, January 8th 2014

yet another comma splice:
I did the quiz, I got 100 score!

Wednesday, January 29th 2014

hi Emma I saw some of your videos they were good , but I want to ask that if I can write an essay and you can correct it or score it. Because I am a SAT student and I need someone to guide me how to write an essay correctly.

Friday, February 7th 2014

Love this lesson, The comma is very important for independtent/dependtent cause.

Monday, February 24th 2014

Thanks but your first lesson which I cannot understand and got 33%.

Tuesday, February 25th 2014

Thanks for all your efforts!Your teaching is so clear and the Quiz’s answers are well simplified!
This is what makes you different from other teachers.I would appreciate it if you could answer my question:What are the differences between the two sentences I come from somewhere & I am from somewhere?
Thanks a lot!

Monday, March 17th 2014

Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeas ANSER ME?

Monday, March 17th 2014

I got 89%, 8/9 thank you so much.

Sunday, March 30th 2014

Dear EmmA,
Thanks for teaching wonderful lesson.I humbly request you that is it possible to give hint for academic reading and listening tips.

Friday, April 4th 2014

Thank you very much, Emma
Great lesson
I got 100%

Saturday, May 10th 2014

Thanks Emma. Can I ask a question about No.4?
Is that sentence correct with their tense?
I think the sentence will be “I did my homework today because I wanted to learn English”.

Thursday, July 31st 2014

I got 100 % but in second time.

Monday, August 11th 2014

Thanks Emma. you’ve made my day ! Comma splices are clear to me now. Please, create more and more Advanced Tut like this for us.
take care

Saturday, August 23rd 2014

thank you so much

for this

its so nice

Sunday, October 26th 2014

thank you emma . i am beginner but i don’t fear to watch advanced lesson . just to encouraged my self.
your lesson is clair for me . i am beginner . so is al right be clair for the other :)

Friday, November 14th 2014

Hahahah I got 0 out of 10.

Wednesday, December 17th 2014

This lesson is very difficult for me to understand ever.
But Emma’s lecture is so great. Thank you so much.
I will try to study this video again and again and get perfect next time.

Thursday, January 22nd 2015

I have troubles with such lessons, but I’ll try to understand. However, I still don’t know if I put comma in my first sentence correctly:\\\

Sunday, February 8th 2015

As usual you were great Emma!
I wish you were my teacher at the beginning of my English studies. You give me a splendid feeling!
As far as i am concerned, using a comma through the text has lots of rules…What are other rules in English?

Monday, March 2nd 2015

Good one Emma.I had never heard about comma splices!thanks

Friday, March 13th 2015

Hi Emma,

It is good learn English.it help me a lot in english.Thanks for updating.i am through all videos.

Friday, April 10th 2015

Thanks Emma! :)

Monday, May 4th 2015

Thanks Emma ! this’s the useful lesson.

Monday, June 22nd 2015

this is the first time i made most mistake in the quiz.

Monday, June 29th 2015

Dear Prof. Emma,
I was wandering if I might ask you a question. I do not understand the difference between these sentences:
She is a brilliant, young woman. (with comma)
She is a brilliant young woman. (without comma).
Were I to ratiocinate in my own latin language, I would say the same. I do love the English language, strongly I do. I pay my respect to you. H

Tuesday, July 21st 2015

Thanks Emma

Monday, September 28th 2015

Hi Emma,
Thanks for the nice lesson!

As I got from your lesson, if two sentences are independent clauses (subject+verb etc.) then comma should not be used in between. It has four ways to correct the sentences.

I have one question regarding following sentences those are having independent clauses too. Is it correct or not? If it is correct, and can you please explain it.

“I have three students, one student is Japanees, another is Mexican, the other is Saudian.”


Saturday, October 3rd 2015

“Micah yelled at his little brother, and told him not to run into the street.”

These sentences used here the coordinating conjunctions, but there is no subject in second part of the sentences. As it should have the independent clauses for using the coordinating conjunctions.

As per your lesson, it should be like
“Micah yelled at his little brother, and she told him not to run into the street.”

Can you explain regarding it which one is correct?


Saturday, October 3rd 2015

I learn a lot more about comma splice. thank you

Wednesday, November 18th 2015

I have got a nine out that possible nine .
You are wonderful maam Emma!!!!

Thursday, January 7th 2016

Very nice explanation. I had a hard time when to use a semicolon. Now it’s clear. Thank you.

Thursday, April 7th 2016

It seems to me that I understood everything but in test I made many mistakes.

Monday, May 9th 2016

Very useful topic.I love doing quiz,but I don’t love doing comment.
I love quiz and comment.
He dreams about a better future, so he works hard.

Monday, May 30th 2016

I am lucky to have someone like Emma who is great teacher. My English is getting better and better each day. I can understand her easily,and she knows exactly how to convey English to others. Did I say right, Emma? Happy study :)

Monday, August 22nd 2016

Could you please provide a lesson on “serial comma” or an “Oxford comma”. It is really confusing to me.

Sunday, December 11th 2016

This was one of the most confusing part of grammar for me until now.

Sunday, December 25th 2016

Such a wonderful video. Thanks. You are an amazing teacher. I love your style of teaching. simple and quite clear . Thanks so much

Friday, February 3rd 2017

I made all correct so I feel Great! Thanks Emma.:D happy stady everyone.

Sunday, February 5th 2017

Hi Teacher!
I’m glad to say who you are the best!!!
I understand all your lessons and learn a lot!
Thank you!

Thursday, February 16th 2017

Sorry,“The following sentence an example of a comma splice”,this meaning is “is it incorrectly?”

Monday, March 13th 2017

My father, he was wonderful, died when I was 15 years old. I miss him very much and also my mom,too.:) Thank you Emma.

Sunday, April 2nd 2017

Hi Emma,
Many thanks for such topic. I didn’t hear about such topic before. Could you please make more videos about grammar and improving-writing techniques?

Monday, June 12th 2017

Emma! you did an excellent job on this video!

Wednesday, November 1st 2017

Teacher Emma, thank you for the topic comma splice I never thought that it will be important I used to ignore it. Godbless

Tuesday, November 7th 2017

Dear Emma,

I have answered all the questions on the quiz, but I noticed that in the third question it is stated like this “3. For lunch she ate two sandwiches, a salad and a cookie.”

Isn’t supposed to be “For lunch, She ate two sandwiches, a salad, and a cookie?”.

Because “For lunch,” is a prepositional phrase and a dependent clause that came at the beginning of a sentence. Also, don’t we use a comma before the coordinating conjunctions (FANBOYS) like the “And” in the question?

Thank you.

Wednesday, November 8th 2017

Hi Emma, you explanation about “comma splices,” was absolutely fantastic. I scored 100; all of the answers were correct. Thanks, once again.

Monday, January 15th 2018

many thanks for your explanation which really was amazing.

Friday, March 16th 2018

You got 4 correct out of 9.

Monday, March 19th 2018

Thanks a lot Emma!

Friday, May 11th 2018

So, in my mind, I thought I was doing a great job, but in the test I was horrible. Emma do you do give private classes? Thank you.

Tuesday, July 10th 2018

i still don’t understand!!! and i have a quiz tomorrow!!!!!!

Thursday, October 4th 2018

I had some confusing in the quiz. Will try one more time.

Monday, October 29th 2018

It’s clear now! Thx!

Monday, October 29th 2018

Thank you Mrs. Emma! I got 9 out of 9! I will be sure if I learn more comma splice.

Sunday, December 2nd 2018

great quiz madame.

Tuesday, December 4th 2018

Thanks Mrs. Emma.

Thursday, January 24th 2019

I wasn’t understood the lesson today. 😥

Saturday, May 4th 2019

Thanks, Emma. I got a hundred percentage score, which is an indication of my learning achievement. However, I still feel the need for practicing more.

Thursday, July 11th 2019

Dear Emma,
so comma splice means a comma used incorrectly. It means that we joined two sentences with a comma incorrectly, right? That was something that I only understood after doing the quiz. It’s just to confirm.
I loved your lesson. Finally, I understood how to use commas in those cases.

Wednesday, October 9th 2019

thank you

Friday, April 10th 2020

Thank you Emma!

Tuesday, June 30th 2020

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