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Grammar and StructureGRAMMAR & STRUCTURE — Examples
Sentence Errors — Run-on Sentences: Part 2

 
 

Example sentences showing how to identify and correct a run-on sentence:

The run-on

Frank won a million dollars he bought a car.

 

The problem

The sentence has two clauses with no linking word or punctuation.

Frank won a million dollars and He bought a car

Determine the possible relationships between the clauses

a) Cause and effect
b) Time order

 

Determine the independent clause

He bought a car

 

Determine the dependent clause

Frank won a million dollars

 

Possible linking words

a) Cause and effect: because, since, due to the fact that
b) Time order: after, when, since, as soon as

Possible solutions

* It is important to use the correct punctuation, verb tenses, and word order when you correct run-ons.

a) Cause and effect:

Since Frank won a million dollars, he bought a car.
Due to the fact that he won a million dollars, Frank bought a car.
Frank bought a car because he had won a million dollars.

b) Time order:

After Frank won a million dollars, he bought a car.
When Frank won a million dollars, he bought a car.
Frank bought a car as soon as he won a million dollars.