Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Run-ons and comma splices

Run-ons are sentences that join two complete sentences without any punctuation. Ex: Our company is doing well our profits are on the rise.

Comma splices do the same thing, except they use a comma between the complete sentences. Ex: Our company is doing well, our profits are on the rise. Both run-ons and comma splices are errors that should be avoided.

They can be corrected in three ways:
Separate sentences with a period;
Separate sentences with a semicolon;
Separate sentences with a comma and a conjunction.

Ex:    
Our company is doing well. Our profits are on the rise.
Our company is doing well; our profits are on the rise.
Our company is doing well, and our profits are on the rise.

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