1

The diagnosis of comma splice seems a bit odd


Avatar
David Bray

In the examples below, sentences 1, 3, 5, and 7 are deemed to have comma splices. The other sentences with slight changes apparently don't. I'm not getting a clear picture of why vs. why not.

We bargain for data and choices, “Why meet?”

“Why meet?” we bargain for data and choices.

A fresh challenge, what’s our approach if we must return to items that distressed others?

A fresh challenge, “What’s our approach if we must return to items that distressed others?”

Others are most likely to listen if we open, “I have good news. When may we talk?”

Others are most likely to listen if we open “I have good news. When may we talk?”

I can hear Jack now, “You’ve half a plan. Which ideas speak to what’s missing?”

I can hear Jack now, “You’ve half a plan.

“You’ve half a plan,” I can hear Jack now.

A