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We encountered some unexpected problems, however, we decided not to increase our fee.

 

To

We encountered some unexpected problems[; h]owever, we decided not to increase our fee.

 

Or to

We encountered some unexpected problems[. H]owever, we decided not to increase our fee.

 

Comma splice: Two complete sentences incorrectly spliced together with a comma, rather than separated by a period or semicolon. A comma splice is one of the most common errors in on-the-job writing. Comma splices frequently occur with the adverbs however and therefore.

 

Weekly Tip

See Error Checklist for a compilation of 75 common writing errors.

For more exercises in identifying common errors,
take the M.B.A. exam and
the Punctuation and Grammar Challenges.