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Solving Run-On Sentence Problems

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Transcript of Solving Run-On Sentence Problems

Fun Fact
Two kinds of Run-On Sentences
What is a
Run-On
?
Remember:
The Beauty of
Concision
4 Ways to Fix Comma Splices and Fused Sentences
1.
Make the independent clauses into
separate clauses.
This presentation is on chapter eight of the Bare Essentials book which focuses on the basic writing skills needed for the future, such as university, workplace and life, this is to mean that you will gain valuable English skills for future references.
Solving Run-On Sentence Problems
A run-on sentence is a sentence with inadequate punctuation between clauses.
Comma Splices
occurs when two complete sentences are incorrectly joined or spliced by a comma
Comma Splices
Fused Sentences
Fused Sentences
occurs when two complete sentences are joined together without the use of punctuation between them.
ex.
Tea may be good for you
,
coffee is not.
There are two contrasting, unrelated sentences that are just joined together by a comma.
ex.
Mary kissed Frank
;
then, for no apparent reason,
slapped him.
Although this sentence describes a continuous action, they are still two distinct sentences.
ex.
I got up late this morning

I didn't have time for
breakfast.
Two different sentences are being fused together without the use of punctuation.
ex.
This film is boring

it has no plot.
Again, two different sentences put together without punctuation.
Gawker.com named this sentence "the most excruciating run-on sentence in the history of the universe."
Because I mean one of the truths about being a modern Western individual is that you likely have this idea about a person you want to be, and that person has a title even, a title like Young Professional or All-Around Good Person Of Above Average Intelligence, and to justify excessive ‘gaps' in productivity by holding firm the belief that you're "only human" and thus naturally lack sufficient motivation to do anything beyond obsessively watching YouTube videos and browsing Reddit—where the premise of the idea of doing "anything beyond" obsessively watching YouTube videos and browsing Reddit has, in a kind of relief, suddenly become sort of congratulatory, as if by doing "anything beyond" watching YouTube videos and browsing Reddit you've become secretly heroic or are, just by not wasting oxygen, currently actualizing a person you want to be/ have always known you were/ are at your core—to justify your inaction with the belief that you're "only human" is a behavior that stands in opposition of who you tell yourself you want to be and believe you are, if you have any Western-style aspirations at all.
2.
Separate the independent clauses with
a comma and one of these words:
and,
but, or, nor, for, so,
or
yet
.
3.
Make one clause dependent on the other by
adding one of the dependent clause cues.
4.
Use a semicolon, either by itself or with a
transitional expression, to separate the
independent clauses.
TIP:
Don't use this way too often because if all your writing is made up of single separate sentences, it sounds immature and lacks fluidity.
2.
These sentences can be fixed with the use of conjunctions or proper punctuation
3.
A long sentence does not necessarily mean it is also a run-on sentence
ex.
Tea may be good for you.
Coffee is not.

This film is boring.
It has no plot.
Ex. Tea may be good for you,
but
coffee is not.
This film is boring,
for
it has no plot.
Dependent Clause Cues
after
although
as, as if
as long as
as soon as
because
before
even if, even though
if
since
so that
that
though
unless
until
what, whatever
when, whenever
where, wherever
whether
which, whichever
while
who, whose
ex. Tea may be good for you
although
coffee is not.
This film is boring
because
it has no plot.
Ex. Tea may be good for you
;
coffee is not.
This film is boring
;
for one thing, it has no plot.
1.
Run-on sentences consist of comma splices and/or fused sentences
A presentation by Agnes²
"Brevity is the soul of wit"

-William Shakespeare
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