Avoiding Run-on Sentences - Carson-Newman College

Avoiding Run-on Sentences - Carson-Newman College

Avoiding Run-on Sentences The length of a sentence has nothing to do with whether or not a sentence is considered a run-on. An over-exuberant, run-off-at-the-mouth, 400-word gorilla of a sentence can be structurally fine. A run-on sentence is one in which two clauses have been connected incorrectly. (If youd like, click on the word clauses to review that concept.) Avoiding Run-on Sentences

Lets think of an independent clause as an independently operated train headed west . . . getting connected to another train headed east. Nothing but grief will result from coupling these train clauses incorrectly! For example. . . . Some students think they can study for an important exam by cramming all night, they are probably wrong.

Avoiding Run-on Sentences Some students think they can study for an important exam by cramming all night, they are probably wrong. This is an example of the dreaded COMMA SPLICE! A comma splice connects two independent clauses with only a comma. There are several ways to fix a

comma splice. . . . Avoiding Run-on Sentences 1. We can insert a period and start a new sentence. Some students think they can study for an important exam by cramming all night. They are probably wrong.

2. We can insert a comma plus a coordinating conjunction. Some students think they can study for an important exam by cramming all night, but they are probably wrong. 3. We can use a semicolon. Some students think they can study for an important exam by cramming all night; they are probably wrong. Avoiding Run-on Sentences There are three situations in which run-on sentences are

apt to happen: 1. When a pronoun in the second clause refers to a noun in the first clause: The Presidents popularity has plummeted, she apparently underestimated the opposition. 2. When a suggestion or directive occurs in the second clause: You will be responsible for this material on the final exam, study it thoroughly now. 3. When two clauses are connected by a transitional expression: Many people think protectionism can halt rising

prices, however, the opposite is actually true. Avoiding Run-on Sentences 1. The Presidents popularity has plummeted, and she apparently underestimated the opposition. 2. You will be responsible for this material on the final exam. Study it thoroughly now. 3. Many people think protectionism can halt rising prices; however, the opposite is actually true.

Avoiding Run-on Sentences Now youll never again write a runon sentence! This PowerPoint presentation was created by Charles Darling, PhD Professor of English and Webmaster Capital Community College

Hartford, Connecticut copyright November 1999

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