A run-on sentence consists of two or more independent clauses that are not properly joined or seperated.
There are two basic types of run-on sentences:
- Fused sentence
- Comma splice
In fused sentences, two or more independent clauses “run together” with no punctuation.
Ex: My crown serves as a canopy to the grass below my roots sip the water.
In comma splice, two or more independent clauses are joined by a comma.
Ex: My crown serves as a canopy, my roots sip the water.
There are 3 ways of correcting run-on sentences.
- Use a period and a capital letter to turn a run-on sentence into two seperate sentences.
2. Use a comma and coordinating conjunctions. The coordinating conjunctions are: are, or, but, nor, for, so, and, yet.
3. Use a semicolon. Determine the independent clauses and seperate them with a semicolon.