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Run-on Sentences

A run-on (or fused) sentence occurs when multiple ideas are in one very long sentence, instead of several sentences. This often happens when students incorrectly use commas and other punctuation (such as with comma splices).

  • Incorrect: I ate the chicken, it was dry, so I did not like it, but there was nothing else for dinner so I ate it anyway.

  • Correct: I ate the chicken. It was dry. I did not like it, but there was nothing else for dinner.

  • Correct: I ate the dry chicken, even though I did not like it, because there was nothing else for dinner.

Tip: 

Keep most of your sentences succinct and to the point. When you use long sentences, make sure they are punctuated correctly and clearly say what you really mean.

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