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Run-on Sentences and Comma Splice Errors

Post by Jack on Tue Feb 17, 2009 5:25 pm

Run-on Sentences and Comma Splice Errors




What's a run-on sentence?
A run-on sentence occurs when two or more independent clauses are mistakenly joined
together without a coordinating conjunction or correct punctuation.

Example: The trip was terrible the car broke down twice and we had to have it towed.

What's a Comma Splice?
A comma splice error occurs when two sentences are separated only by a comma.

Example: The trip was terrible, the car broke down twice and we had to have it towed.

There are several ways to correct both run-on sentences and comma splice errors.

Correction:

The trip was terrible. The car broke down twice.
The trip was terrible; the car broke down twice.
The trip was terrible because the car broke down twice.


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Here are some more examples:

Example #1: The grass is soaked, the garden hose was left on too long.
Correction: The grass is soaked because the garden hose was left on too long.

Example #2: The sunrise was stunning, the sky was lit up with shades of red, we stood watching silently.
Correction: The sunrise was stunning; the sky was lit up with shades of red. We stood watching silently.

Example #3: Watching Wayne Gretzky play hockey was like watching ballet on ice he made everything look easy.
Correction: Watching Wayne Gretzky play hockey was like watching ballet on ice. He made everything look easy.


Last edited by Garmar on Wed Feb 18, 2009 9:05 am; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : Good information. Stickied.)
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Re: Run-on Sentences and Comma Splice Errors

Post by MC on Mon Mar 23, 2009 5:45 pm

Helpful reminder Jack. Thanks. What a Face
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Re: Run-on Sentences and Comma Splice Errors

Post by Jack on Thu Mar 26, 2009 3:45 pm

Your welcome. smiling
Glad I can help.
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Re: Run-on Sentences and Comma Splice Errors

Post by Bagit on Thu Mar 26, 2009 4:42 pm

Thanks Jack. Nice examples make it clear.

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