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  1. Run-on sentences A start . . .

  2. Run-on sentences Run-on sentences occur when a writer separates two (or more) independent clauses incorrectly.

  3. A number of terms provide assistance • Simple sentence: a sentence containing only one independent clause • Compound sentence: a sentence containing two or more independent clauses

  4. A number of terms provide assistance • Complex sentence: a sentence containing one independent clause and at least one dependent clause • Compound/complex sentence: a sentence containing at least one dependent clause and two (or more) independent clauses

  5. A number of terms provide assistance • Independent clause: a group of words with a subject and verb and a complete thought

  6. A number of terms provide assistance • Dependent (aka subordinate) clause: a group of words containing a subject and a verb but not expressing a complete thought

  7. Independent or Dependent When the game ends Subject? Verb? Complete thought?

  8. Independent of dependent When the game ends, we will go to Sally’s for pizza. Subject? Verb? Complete thought?

  9. Punctuating two or more independent clauses • Two independent clauses may be written as two separate sentences—utilize a period and a capital letter to correct

  10. Punctuating two or more independent clauses • Two independent clauses may be divided with a comma and a coordinating conjunction (and, but, so, etc.)

  11. Punctuating two or more independent clauses Two independent clauses may be separated by a semicolon.

  12. Punctuating two or more independent clauses Two independent clauses may be separated by semicolon, a conjunctive adverb (however, therefore, moreover, nonetheless, etc.), and a comma

  13. Punctuating two or more independent clauses • Two independent clauses may be separated by a colon if the first introduces a second clause which modifies the first. • This usage occurs infrequently—do not force!

  14. Correct the run-on sentence “This doesn’t mean cut them out entirely but something should deffinatly change.”

  15. Correct the run-on sentence “It could be morally wrong but it’s still your opinion.”

  16. Correct the run-on sentence “This however does prove that some are using USPS but it is becoming less useful therefore an encouragement to change their ways.”