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Run-on Sentences

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New York State Elementary Test Prep- ELA 4- 4th Grade

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This website gives a simple definition and 2 common times when run on sentences occur.
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Definition of Run-on Sentences

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Run-On Sentences (Run-Ons) ( from The Purdue Owly website) A run-on sentence occurs when two or more independent clauses are combined without correct punctuation. An independent clause is a complete, simple sentence, meaning that it contains a subject, a verb, and a complete thought.
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How to Correct

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There are a few ways to correct run-on sentences. Consider the following run-on sentence and the following options for revising it. Run-On: The grocery store was really packed with people there must have been a big sale today. Correction 1: The grocery store was really packed with people. There must have been a big sale today. Here, the error has been corrected by simply breaking the run-on sentence into two sentences.
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Correcting with a Coordinate Conjunction

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Correction 2: The grocery store was really packed with people, so there must have been a big sale today. In this case, the sentence has been corrected by adding a coordinating conjunction and a comma. This is a compound sentence.
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Correction 3: Because the grocery store was really packed with people, there must have been a big sale. In this example, the sentence has been corrected by adding a subordinating conjunction and a comma. This is a complex sentence.
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Some of the sentences below are run-ons. Play editor on the sentences. Could you tell these writers why the run-ons are incorrect? Also, how would you tell the writers to fix them? We were really busy at the restaurant tonight. I waited tables straight through from 3:30 to 11:30 I never sat down for even one break.
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Can you fix these sentences to avoid run-on sentences? If the sentence is fine, tell your partner that it is fine! My dog had to go to the vet today. She cried and cried when the clipped her toenails, but then she was fine when they gave her a shot!
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How can you fix this sentence? The book we had to read for class was really long my teacher doesn’t seem to understand that we have other classes to read for too.
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Fragments & Run-on Sentences | Time4Writing

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