Saturday, May 1, 2021

Run-On Sentences

 A comment on a student paper that you may find perhaps useful:

If you find yourself naturally pausing, there is likely a comma or semicolon needed.  (Read that last sentence aloud right now; do you hear a pause?)  Could the parts after and before the pause be complete sentences?  If so, it is a compound sentence; put a semicolon at the pause.  If either side of the pause could not be a complete sentence, this is a complex sentence; you need a comma.  If you find that you have multiple pauses, look carefully at how long your sentence is.  You may be trying to put too many ideas in a single sentence.  

1 comment:

  1. That is probably the best explanation I've encountered addressing this issue.