Run-on Sentences

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Run-on Sentences
Presented by: Rawd Alach

Definition: Run-on sentences are two or more sentences that have been joined together without a conjunction or the correct punctuation.

Run-on sentences run on for too long, hence their name.

They occur when one combines two or more sentences into one without proper punctuation. They can sometimes appear in a text without the writer noticing exposing them is not difficult. (Did you notice that was a run-on sentence?) A simple fix would be to place a period between “noticing” and “exposing”.

They can sometimes appear in a text without the writer noticing. Exposing them is not difficult. One way is to read the text out loud.

One will naturally pause at the end of a complete set of ideas where punctuation should be placed.

After a run-on sentence is revealed, it must be fixed. There are several ways to do so. Here is a run-on sentence. “They were laughing the joke was funny.” You can:

1. Place a period between the two sentences.
Ex: They were laughing. The joke was funny.

2. Use a semicolon to separate the two sentences.
Ex: They were laughing; the joke was funny.

3. Use a comma after the first sentence then add a word like and, or, yet, but, so.
Ex: They were laughing, and the joke was funny.

4. Use because between the two sentences.
Ex: They were laughing because the joke was funny.


Fix the run-on sentences as you like. Write your answer.

• Duke spilled milk on his cargo pants he didn’t care.

• Fernando is a lousy hair dresser he dyed my hair blonde instead of blue.

• Ligers are a cross between a lion and a tiger they can weigh up over 500 kilograms.

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