The“run-on” sentenceIn the mind of a new writer, two sentencescrash together…Billy was sleepy.He went to bed.
Billy was sleepy he went to bedNow instead of two normal sentences, thereis only one incorrect sentence.Having lost a period and a capital letter, thetwo sentences have become adreaded, dangerous “Run-On”!!!
Billy was sleepy. He went to bed.This must not be! Run-On sentences are notallowed!But how do we correct it? There are 4 ways:The first one is to change it back to twosimple sentences like it was before…
Billy was sleepy, so he went to bed.The second way involves the use of acomma and the joining word “so.”
Billy was sleepy; he went to bed.The third way is to use a semi-colon insteadof a comma, which does away with havingto use the joining word (coordinatingconjunction) at all. Slick, huh?; = The Super Comma
Because Billy was sleepy, he went to bed.• The fourth way is by using a dependentword (subordinating conjunction) and acomma…
Well, students, there you have it…Remember, Run-On sentences are major no-nos and must be avoided, so you can…1) Keep two simple sentences OR2) Use a comma and a joining word OR3) Use a semi-colon without a conjunction OR4) Use a dependent word and a comma.1)Billy was sleepy, he went to bed.2)Billy was sleepy, so he went to bed.3)Billy was sleepy, he went to bed.4)Because Billy was sleepy, he went to bed.