- Comma Splice
- Correcting a Run-on Sentence With a Period or Semicolon
- Correcting Run-ons Through Coordination and Subordination
- Guidelines for Using Commas Effectively
- Identifying and Correcting Run-On Sentences
- Proofreading Practice: Correcting Run-On Sentences and Comma Splices
- What Is a Sentence?
Examples and Observations:
- You can only be young once you can be immature forever.
- " . . . I hate people that have always their poor story to tell everybody has their own troubles that poor Nancy Blake died a month ago of acute pneumonia well I didn't know her so well as all that she was Floeys friend more than mine . . ."
(James Joyce, Ulysses, 1922)
- A wise man makes his own decisions an ignorant man follows public opinion.
- "Adding a period between the clauses is one way to correct a run-on sentence. . . . Other options are to add a comma and a coordinating conjunction (and, but, for, or, nor, so, yet) between the clauses, to add a semicolon, or to add a semicolon with a conjunctive adverb, such as therefore or however."
(Gerald Alred, et al., Handbook of Technical Writing. Bedford, 2006)
- "The distinction between a run-on sentence and a comma splice isn't usually noteworthy. So most writers class the two problems together as run-on sentences.
"But the distinction can be helpful in differentiating between the wholly unacceptable (true run-on sentences) and the usually-but-not-always unacceptable (comma splices) when (1) the clauses are short and closely related, (2) there is no danger of a miscue, and (3) the context is informal. Thus, 'Jane likes him, I don't.' But even when all three criteria are met, some readers are likely to object."
(Bryan A. Garner, Garner's Modern American Usage. Oxford Univ. Press, 2003)
- "The deliberate use of the run-on sentence can sometimes achieve special effects in informal contexts and in representations of colloquial speech. Writers should take care, however, when attempting to use run-on sentences in this way in formal contexts. These uses may easily be interpreted as mistakes or silliness."
(The American Heritage Guide to Contemporary Usage and Style. Houghton Mifflin, 2005)