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Run-on Sentences, Comma Splices

(1) What does a RUN-ON SENTENCE look like?

Emma forgot her umbrella she arrived to class soaked.

(2) Why is a RUN-ON SENTENCE problematic?

Multiple independent clauses (complete ideas) appear together without a link to indicate their relationship. In other words, TMI :-)

(3) How to fix a RUN-ON SENTENCE?

Emma forgot her umbrella; she arrived to class soaked.

 

(1) What does a COMMA SPLICE look like?

Emma forgot her umbrella, she arrived to class soaked.

(2) Why is a COMMA SPLICE problematic?

Only a comma connects multiple independent clauses (complete ideas) when a period, a semicolon, or a comma plus a coordinating conjunction (FANBOYS*) is necessary.

*FANBOYS = for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so

(3) How to fix a COMMA SPLICE?

Emma forgot her umbrella, so she arrived to class soaked.