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Sentence Errors — Run-on Sentences: Part 2

 
 

Definition

A run-on sentence is a common writing error. When two or more sentences are combined incorrectly in one sentence, the sentence is a run-on. Rewriting run-on sentences as complex sentences is a very good way to correct this type of error.


Example

Sentence 1: It was a beautiful day.
Sentence 2: The students went to the beach.
Run-on: It was a beautiful day the students went to the beach.


Explanation

Correct run-on errors by:

  • changing the sentence into two separate sentences: It was a beautiful day. The students went to the beach. OR
  • a compound sentence: It was a beautiful day, and the students went to the beach. OR
  • a complex sentence: Since it was such a beautiful day, the students went to the beach.

In Run-on Sentences: Part 1, you were given a number of ways to correct run-on sentences and write correct compound sentences.

In order to change a run-on sentence into a correct complex sentence, you must:

  • identify the problem;
  • determine the relationship between the two clauses;
  • identify which clause should be the independent clause;
  • identify which clause should be the dependent clause;
  • choose an appropriate linking word;
  • change the word forms, tenses, and word order as appropriate; and
  • use the correct punctuation.


Related Sections

Adjective Clauses
Adverb Clauses
Compound Sentences
Complex Sentences
Independent and Dependent Clauses
Common Linking Words and Their Uses
Noun Clauses
Commonly Used Punctuation
Sentence Errors — Fragments
Sentence Errors — Run-on Sentences: Part 1