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Run-ons


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Run-on


A run-on is two complete ideas incorrectly joined.

Run-ons are generally classified as either comma splices or fused sentences.

A comma splice incorrectly joins two independent clauses with a comma.

A fused sentence runs two independent clauses together without an appropriate conjunction or mark of punctuation.

EXAMPLES:

Comma Splices:

Mary walked into the room, she found a mouse on her desk.

The vest was beautiful, it had intricate embroidery.

My sister loves The Honeymooners, she watches it every night at 11:00.

Fused Sentences:

Many people are afraid of computers they do not realize how easy it is to learn basic programming.

All the word processing programs come with built-in lessons you can learn to do basic word processing in an afternoon or less.

The on-line spell check and thesaurus are especially handy they do not take the place of a good dictionary.

Correcting Run-On Sentences


There are four ways to correct both comma splices and fused sentences:

• separate the clauses into two separate sentences,

• insert a comma and coordinating conjunction between clauses to create a compound sentence,

• insert a semicolon between clauses,

• subordinate one clause to the other to create a complex sentence.

EXAMPLES:

Create Two Sentences:

Mary walked into the room. She found a mouse on her desk.

Many people are afraid of computers. They do not realize how easy it is to learn basic programming.

Insert Comma and Coordinating Conjunction:

Mary walked into the room, and she found a mouse on her desk.

Many people are afraid of computers, for they do not realize how easy it is to learn basic programming.

Insert Semicolon:

Mary walked into the room; she found a mouse on her desk.

Many people are afraid of computers; they do not realize how easy it is to learn basic programming.

Subordinate One Clause to the Other:

When Mary walked into the room, she found a mouse on her desk.

Many people are afraid of computers, since they do not realize how easy it is to learn basic programming.


Sample Usage

As mentioned above.


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