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Well, we all know that comma splices are bad, right? Perhaps not. Or
perhaps it is not clear what counts as a comma splice. I note what I regard
as s disturbing trend in regarding constructions with comma splices as
acceptable. I wonder how far this has gone, and what your feelings are about
this. Consider ...
First select "Edit", and then select "Cut".
is perfectly okay. I believe that likewise,
First select "Edit", and then "Cut".
is okay. But what about
First select "Edit", then select "Cut".
? To me, this screams "BAD GRAMMAR" and would have merited summary
execution from my 7th grade English teacher. Yet I see this kind of thing more
and more often (written by technical writers and passed by their editors). I
that it is both ungrammatical (and am prepared to argue this with some
and detracts from readibility.
Stylistically, comma splices are tolerated in certain unusual and constrained
circumstances. A common example is:
I came, I saw, I conquered.
(Which, of course, I would *prefer* to render as
I came; I saw; I conquered.
I came. I saw. I conquered.
but never mind that preference.) However, such cases seem to be severely
restricted; and the guidelines for indulging in them typically warn that such
be done sparingly.
So, as trained and experienced writers, I wonder what both your experience
and inclinations are towards this sort of thing. More specifically, I am not so
interested in mere *opinion*, but rather in how one is to make a principled
in such matters. I will not at this point divulge the results of my research in
area, but will open the floor for discussion and argument. Have at it.
Oh -- a word of warnig: beware the conjunctive adverb.
(When we're done with this, perhaps we can move on to "Next week, she will
deliver the draft to you and I." (which I recently saw used by a technical
writer and manager with over 20 years' experience).)