How do you fix a run on sentence?
To catch or to correct run-on sentences, follow these common guidelines:
- Join the two clauses with a comma and a coordinating conjunction*
- Break the run-on sentence into two separate sentences.
- Join the clauses with a semi-colon and a conjunctive adverb** followed by a comma; however,
- Join the clauses with a semi-colon.
run-on sentence. A grammatically faulty sentence in which two or more main or independent clauses are joined without a word to connect them or a punctuation mark to separate them: “The fog was thick he could not find his way home.”
- The declarative sentence is a sentence that is making a statement. A declarative sentence example is, “It is a nice day today.” That is a declarative sentence. It does nothing more than give the facts or lets someone know something. It is your everyday, all around, plain sentence and it always ends with a period.
- An imperative sentence gives a command. It usually ends with a period, but it may also end with an exclamation point (!). Commands ask or tell people to do something. Please pass the salt.
- The aim in writing is always to write in complete sentences which are correctly punctuated. Sentences always begin with a capital letter and end in either a full stop, exclamation or question mark. A complete sentence always contains a verb, expresses a complete idea and makes sense standing alone.
There are two types of run-on sentences: fused sentences and comma splices. A fused sentence occurs when independent clauses run together with no marks of punctuation or coordinating conjunctions to separate them.
- Sentence Fragments: Phrases. Identifying a Phrase Fragment. A phrase is a group of words lacking a subject or a verb or both. A phrase cannot be punctuated as a sentence.
- Grammar Handbook: Sentence Fragments. A sentence fragment is a part of a sentence punctuated as if it were a complete sentence. It is a group of words that begins with a capital letter and ends with a period, exclamation point, or a question mark, but does not express a complete thought.
- A misplaced modifier is a word, phrase, or clause that is improperly separated from the word it modifies / describes. Because of the separation, sentences with this error often sound awkward, ridiculous, or confusing. Furthermore, they can be downright illogical. Example.
Comma Splices. Comma splices are similar to run-on sentences because they also incorrectly connect independent clauses. A comma splice occurs when two independent clauses are connected with only a comma. As with a run-on sentence, there are a few different ways to correct a comma splice.
- Fused Sentences. A fused sentence (also known as a run-on sentence) occurs when two independent clauses are joined without any punctuation or connecting word between them.
- Use a comma after the first independent clause when you link two independent clauses with one of the following coordinating conjunctions: and, but, for, or, nor, so, yet. For example: I am going home, and I intend to stay there.
- Run-on sentences, also known as fused sentences, occur when two complete sentences are squashed together without using a coordinating conjunction or proper punctuation, such as a period or a semicolon. Run-on sentences can be short or long. A long sentence isn't necessarily a run-on sentence.
Updated: 6th December 2019