Which contains a sentence error?
Peregrine falcons are great fliers, and they help keep the pigeon population down in some cities.
Peregrine falcons are great fliers, they help keep the pigeon population down in some cities.
Peregrine falcons are great fliers; they help keep the pigeon population down in some cities.
Peregrine falcons are great fliers. They help keep the pigeon population down in some cities.
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let me tell you a little bit about the comma splice.
basically, a comma splice is when two independent clauses are joined by a comma. independent clauses are sentences able to stand on their own, as opposed to a dependent clause which cannot. (examples, respectively: I will walk the dog. / Unless you want to.)
is there an answer choice above that features two sentences able to stand by themselves linked together with a comma?
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dang it x(
"Peregrine falcons are great fliers, and they help keep the pigeon population down in some cities."
let's break that apart:
Peregrine falcons are great fliers. <-- definitely a complete sentence.
And they help keep the pigeon population down in some cities. <-- can this stand alone with the "and" beginning the sentence?
notice without that "and", the sentence does become complete. in choice B that would mean there are two independent clauses separated by a comma, and we know that goes against the rules of grammar. so, which choice would it have to be?
I kinda get it now
grammar is confusing. especially english grammar. hopefully as you go through your lesson, it will start to make more sense -- it usually does the more you practice.