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Comma Splices, Run ons, and Fragments

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Shiloh Winsor

on 8 February 2012

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Transcript of Comma Splices, Run ons, and Fragments

Sentence Errors: Comma Splices,
Run Ons, and Fragments

What is a run on sentence?
What is a comma splice
How do I fix a run on or
comma splice?
What is a fragment?
How do I fix a fragment?
incomplete sentence
dependent clause
missing or incomplete subject or verb
Example: When we went into the library.
Example: Alex running in the park.
Fix the verb: Alex
was
running in the park.
OR Change the verb: Alex
runs
in the park.
Look before or after for the independent clause, or add an independent clause
When we went into the library. We stopped talking so loudly.
Revised: When we went into the library
, we
stopped talking so loudly.
When we went into the library.
Revised:
We shut up when
we went into the library.
two independent clauses without
proper punctuation--they've been run
together
two independent clauses with only a comma between them--a type of run on
sometimes called "sentence fusion"
The car was in the ditch its windshield was cracked.
I saw an armadillo they should be avoided because they can have leprosy.
Run On:
The car was in the ditch its windshield was cracked.
Fixed:
The car was in the ditch
,and
its windshield was cracked.
Run On:
I saw an armadillo they should be avoided because they can have leprosy.
Fixed:
I saw an armadillo
. They
should be avoided because they can have leprosy.
The car smelled awful, I'd forgotten to hang a little odor tree.
Women drive better than men do, this was reported in a recent study.
The car smelled awful, I'd forgotten to hang a little odor tree.
Women drive better than men do, this was reported in a recent study.
Comma Splice:
The car smelled awful, I'd forgotten to hang a little odor tree.
Fixed:
The car smelled awful
because
I'd forgotten to hang a little odor tree.
Comma Splice:
Women drive better than men do, this was reported in a recent study.
Fixed:
Women drive better than men do
, and
this was reported in a recent study.
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