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*Asterisk = examples of errors or poor constructions*.
Student Learning: Grammar
Comma Splice (AKA 'Run-on sentences')
- 4.1 The problem:
This lesson describes the problem of run-on sentences (an incorrect use of the comma) and how to fix it.
A run-on sentence is where two independent stand-alone sentences have been joined together with insufficient punctuation or joining words. Often students join such sentences only with a comma (which is why they are sometimes called comma splice). The method you choose to fix a run-on sentence depends on the context and the meaning you intended.
Note: these examples show the problem of run-on sentences:
*We learned that song when we were in Ukestan, an old man in a laundromat hummed it to us.* (Note: Asterisks mean that this sentence is poor.)
*The local team is looking confident heading into the game, the home team always has the advantage.*
*Marx claimed religion was the 'opiate of the masses', I reckon television does a better job of stupefying people.*
*I got home late last night, I didn't have time for dinner.*
Ways to fix your run-on sentences
- 4.2 Use a joining word
Fixing a run-on sentence with a joining word :
A run-on sentence can easily be fixed using a comma with a joining word (conjunction). (See Commas).
Marx claimed religion was the opiate of the masses, but I reckon television does a better job of stupefying people.