Explore BrainMass

Explore BrainMass

    Run-On Sentences: How to Recognize and Fix Them

    Not what you're looking for? Search our solutions OR ask your own Custom question.

    This content was COPIED from BrainMass.com - View the original, and get the already-completed solution here!

    Have you been writing papers all semester only to have them returned by your teacher with the comment "Run-On" scattered in the margins? You thought you learned how to fix those, but your teacher keeps taking points off your papers for repeat mistakes. Spotting and correcting run-on sentences is an easy task once you understand how to recognize complete thoughts, or independent clauses, in your writing. Also understand that run-on sentences are a common mistake when writers want to keep two or more ideas closely related. However, there is a correct way to punctuate closely related ideas.

    © BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com September 24, 2022, 6:31 pm ad1c9bdddf

    Solution Preview

    Let's look at an example of a run-on sentence:

    Many scientists believe outdooor cats are destructive cats kill songbirds, lizards, and endangered species of mice.

    Why is this a run-on sentence? Because it contains two complete thoughts, or independent clauses, without punctuation. Do you see how there are two complete thoughts fused together?

    Here is the first complete thought: Many scientists believe outdoor cats are destructive.

    Here is the ...

    Solution Summary

    This job defines and diagnoses Run-On Sentences.