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Run-on sentences

Run-on sentences

Description:

This packet should help a learner seeking to understand English writing style and who has made mistakes with run-on sentences. 

We will cover:

1.Run on sentences and comma splices 

2.Explain ways to correct run-on sentences and comma splices 

This packet examines run on sentences and comma splicing. The lesson explains ways to correct them through a power point presentation, text presentation and video.

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Tutorial

Run-on Sentences

A Power Point Presentation on Run-on sentences.

Source: Grammar Girl Presents the Ultimate Writing Guide for Students by Mignon Fogarty

Run on Sentence Vs. Comma Splices

A Run-on sentence is two or more complete thoughts that are incorrectly joined. A comma splice is a run on in which a comma is used to join two complete thoughts. 

Source: Grammar Girl presents the Ultimate Writing Guide for Students by Mignon Fogarty

How to correct comma splicing

First of all, do not use a comma between two independent sentences without a conjunction.Comma splicing occurs when the comma is used to join two independent sentences. This is not the function of the comma.

 

Incorrect: I baked the cake, my mother bathed the children.

Correct: I  baked the cake and my mother bathed the children.

 

 

Source: Grammar Girl presents the Ultimate Writing Guide for Students by Mignon Fogarty

Monotonous Mary's Day

This video shows the difference between a run-on sentence with comma splicing and one that has the right punctuation and coordinating conjunctions through voice intonation.

Source: Written, Animated and performed by- Judi-Anne Ali-Sinner Animation - Anime Studio Debut 7-Create Your Own Cartoons & Animations

Monotonous Mary's Day

Here are some sentences that should be connected and/or separated. A coordinate conjunction such as so and but can be used. Also a period  or a semi colon can help  to liven up this paragraph. Semi colons are equivalent to coordinate conjunctions.

 

Monotonous Mary Before

This morning I got up,brushed my teeth, went outside, gave my dog breakfast and had a glass of orange juice. It was very early, my Mom gets up early and wakes me up. It was really hot outside and my Mom said to put on my pink flip flops.

 

Monotonous Mary After:

This morning, I got up and brushed my teeth.  I went outside and gave my dog breakfast. Then, I had a glass of orange juice.It was very early; my Mom gets up early and she wakes me up too. It was really hot outside so my Mom said to put on my pink flip flops.

 

 

Source: English Grammar for Dummies by Geraldine Woods

Fused Sentences(or run on sentences)

A short video on run on sentences.