If yourself and your manager could get back to me on this, that would be great.
This is going to have a big impact on ourselves.
If you and your manager could get back to me on this, that would be great.
This is going to have a big impact on us.
Your manager has already got back to me on this, so if you could also respond yourself, that would be great.
We are putting ourselves through a lot of stress, but the impact will be worth it in the end.
2. Welcome to my blog, I hope you enjoy it.
3. Welcome to my blog. I hope you enjoy it.
But I frequently see sentences like examples 1 and 2 above. The first one is a 'run-on' sentence where there is no punctuation at all separating the two independent clauses. The second runs the sentence on by using a 'comma splice' – meaning that the two independent clauses are joined by a comma instead of a full stop. Although this usage appears to be getting more common, it is still largely viewed as a style error and doesn't make for good writing.
I was tired. I went to bed. (Correct)
I was tired, so I went to bed. (Correct)
We sold 700 ice creams in August. This was 200 more than in July. (Correct)
We sold 700 ice creams in August, which was 200 more than in July. (Correct)
We sold 700 ice creams in August, but we only sold 500 in July. (Correct)
In literary fiction, it is sometimes argued that comma splices are okay, as they can give the effect of a train of thought or create a dreamy scene. A recent article comments on an author's deliberate use of the comma splice throughout their novel. An interesting perspective, I think. But then again, I'm not writing about literary fiction – that's an entirely different beast to business writing. When would writing like a train of thought or creating a dreamy scene ever get you results in business?
Make sure you check both words if both are likely to occur in your text, e.g. Pick up an entry form from the office. The now and not one can make a big difference to what you've written: You should now press the big red button. BOOM! Oops. What about that casual relationship between bananas and life expectancy?* And always be careful of the public one ...