What Is a Run-on Sentence? (with Examples)A run-on sentence is a common error caused by merging two sentences (i.e., independent clauses) without suitable punctuation. When a comma is used incorrectly between the two sentences, the error is known as a comma fault or a comma splice.
Examples of Run-on SentencesHere are some examples of run-on sentences:
Fixing Run-on SentencesThere are several ways to fix a run-on sentence. Look at this example:
It is raining heavily the game is cancelled.
Use separate sentences:
- It is raining heavily. The game is cancelled.
- It is raining heavily; the game is cancelled.
- It is raining heavily, and the game is cancelled.
- As it is raining heavily, the game is cancelled.
A Quick Test
WRITE ONE SENTENCE AT A TIMEA sentence is a group of grammatically complete words that expresses a complete thought. A sentence must contain a subject and a verb (even if one or the other is implied).
Often the idea you want to convey will be made up of more than one sentence. Regardless of how closely linked those sentences are, you must choose appropriate punctuation between them.
- I love angel cake, it is my favourite.
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