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GRAMMAR & STRUCTURE — Examples
Run-on Sentences: Part B

 
  An example of how to identify and correct a run-on sentence:  
 

Run-on Sentence

Frank won a million dollars he bought a car.

Problem

The sentence has two clauses with no linking word or punctuation.
"Frank won a million dollars" and "He bought a car"

Determine the independent clause He bought a car.
Determine the dependent clause Frank won a million dollars.
Determine the possible relationships between the clauses a. Cause and effect
b. Time order
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.