Run-on Sentences

Last time, we discussed a sentence. Now, we will discuss what a run-on sentence is. A run-on sentence is basically two sentences that are connected incorrectly. Many times run-on sentences are connected by a comma.

For example,

Papa John’s is having a sale, we should get some pizza.

This sentence should be separated into two sentences.

For example,

Papa John’s is having a sale. We should get some pizza.

Other times, a conjunction or proper punctuation can be used to combine two sentences.

For example,

Run-on sentences are not proper grammar, and we should avoid them. (correct)
Run-on sentences are not proper grammer; we should avoid them. (correct)
Run-on sentences are not proper grammer, we should avoid them. (incorrect)

The second sentence is combined by a semicolon which is proper grammar. However, it is important not to use the semicolon incorrectly either. A good grammar handbook will help you decide when is the appropriate time to use this punctuation.

Now, it is also important to watch out for those sentences that go on and on and don’t say anything or, worse yet, sentences that are so long that you have forgotten what the sentence was saying in the first place. Like that one.

Such a sentence would probably be better broken into two.

If you want to learn more about run-on sentences, look on google. You should be able to find several sites to help you with the topic.

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