Posted by: episystechpubs | September 17, 2015

Editor’s Corner: Run-on Sentences


I’m sure you’ve had your fill of sentence fragments, so today we’re going to talk about the antithesis of the fragment—the run-on sentence (also sometimes called the comma splice).

Let me start by saying that run-on sentences are not just really long sentences. In fact, run-on sentences can be fairly short. The problem with run-on sentences is that they are two (or more) sentences that are punctuated as though they were one sentence.

Here’s an example: He is like fire, she is like water.

In the example above, you have two sentences, but the sentences are only separated by a comma—that’s why we sometimes call this error a comma splice. Sometimes run-on sentences don’t even have a comma, however.

There are several ways you can fix this run-on sentence: use a period, use a semicolon, or use a comma and a coordinating conjunction.

· He is like fire. She is like water. [Two sentences separated by a period]

· He is like fire; she is like water. [Two sentences separated by a semicolon]

· He is like fire, and she is like water. [Two sentences separated by a comma and the coordinating conjunction

If you want to read a little more about run-on sentences, the Grammar Girl website has a good article.

Make today a good one!

Donna Bradley Burcher | Senior Technical Editor | Symitar®

8985 Balboa Ave. | San Diego, CA 92123 | Ph. 619.278.0432 | Ext: 765432

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