Run-on Sentences

Run on sentences are when two or more complete sentences are jammed together as one. Run on sentences can hinder one's writing in the following manner:

  • They cause confusion as its difficult for the reader to know where one idea ends and an additional idea begins.

 

For example, see if you can divide the words below into two separate sentences. Remember, to have a complete sentence, you must have a subject and predicate, which makes a complete thought. 

 

Sharks are fish they have fins and gills. (Fused run on sentence)

 

Fused = There is no punctuation separating the two complete sentences.

 

Sentence 1: Sharks are fish.

 

Sentence 2: They have fins and gills.

 

Sharks are fish, they have fins and gills (Comma Splice run on sentence)

 

Comma Splice = There is only a comma separating the two complete sentences.

 

Sentence 1: Sharks are fish.

 

Sentence 2: They have fins and gills.

 

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