Common Errors

Run_On Sentences

A run-on sentence is an ungrammatical construction in which two or more independent clauses are improperly joined without a conjunction or appropriate punctuation.

1. The sun is high, put on sunglasses. (wrong)
The two independent clauses are connected by only a comma. They must be accompanied by a conjunction (and, but, for, or, so).
1. The sun is high, so put on sunglasses. (correct)

2. I went to the store I was out of bananas. (wrong)
Here you could either use a semicolon or a conjunction.
2. I went to the store because I was out of sugar. (correct) Or I went to the store; I was out of sugar. (correct)

3. He has sent his son to an expensive private school, however, he has worked day and night to earn more for the school fee. (wrong)
Where that first comma appears, we could have used either a full stop X and started a new sentence X or a semicolon.
3. He has sent his son to an expensive private school. However, he has worked day and night to earn more for the school fee. (correct)
Or He has sent his son to an expensive private school; however, he has worked day and night to earn more for the school fee. (correct)

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