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Exercise in Correcting Run-on Sentences Through Coordination and Subordination

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Instructions:

Correct each run-on sentence below in two different ways. For the first five run-ons, follow the instructions in parenthesis. For the last five, decide for yourself how to correct the faulty sentences effectively.

  1. Most smoke detectors have a test button, this button may test only the sounding device and not the working components.
    (a) Coordinate the two main clauses.
    (b) Turn the first main clause into an adverb clause beginning with "although."

  2. Sunlight flooded the room the pianos, all black, gleamed.
    (a) Coordinate the two main clauses.
    (b) Separate the two main clauses with a semicolon.

  3. Karen's brother kills flies for turtle food her sister repairs screen doors on submarines.
    (a) Coordinate the two main clauses.
    (b) Separate the two main clauses with a semicolon.

  4. We walked back to the big house, it had been built by my great-grandfather almost a century ago.
    (a) Turn the second main clause into an adjective clause.
    (b) Turn the second main clause into a past participle phrase beginning with "built."

  5. I gave your paycheck to Butch he told me you had sent him.
    (a) Turn the second main clause into an adjective clause.
    (b) Turn the second main clause into an adverb clause beginning with "because."

  6. We returned from our vacation the dog was missing.

  7. The gardens are dry the road to the shore is dusty.

  8. Don't carry your house keys in your wallet a pickpocket then has easy access to your house.

  9. Nobody knows for certain how many games Bull Cyclone won the best detective efforts put his record at 97-62-3.

  10. The biggest influence on Bobo's life was his mother she was the owner of a local hardware store.

Answers are on page three.

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