Take a look at the sentence again:

Orange juice, toast, and cereal might be a healthy breakfast, but Ricardo always hits the snooze button on his alarm too many times all he can grab is a stale pastry and soda.

For a sentence to be a comma splice, you must have two complete sentences joined with a comma. In the example above, no such comma exists. Ricardo always hits the snooze button on his alarm too many times is one sentence. All he can grab is a stale pastry and soda is the second sentence. Because only empty space exists between the two, you should call this error a fused sentence.

Remember that both comma splices and fused sentences are major errors. They make your reader think that you cannot write a correct sentence. Because the sentence is the most basic building block of a piece of writing, comma splices and fused sentences make you look like an amateur!

To fix the problem above, you could put a period after times and begin all with a capital A.

Congratulations! You have completed Exercise 1!

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