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Exercise in Correcting Run-on Sentences With Periods or Semicolons

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This exercise will give you practice in applying the guidelines on page one of Correcting a Run-on Sentence With a Period or Semicolon. To view the exercise without ads, click on the printer icon near the top of this page.


Use either a period or a semicolon to correct each of the run-on sentences below.

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  1. A jump rope is the ultimate aerobic exercise it provides a top-notch daily workout.

  2. My teacher never missed a day of school I think even the flu and the common cold were afraid of that lady.

  3. Experience is not what happens to you it is what you do with what happens to you.

  4. A low blood-sugar level signals hunger a higher one tells the brain that you don't need to eat.

  5. A lobotomy is a fairly simple operation however amateurs should not attempt it.

  6. Fifty years ago, parents were apt to have several children nowadays children are apt to have several parents.

  7. Humor is a rubber sword it allows you to make a point without drawing blood.

  8. Black magic is meant to harm or destroy white magic is intended to benefit an individual or the community.

  9. Carefully open the can of soup empty the contents of the can into a saucepan and stir gently.

  10. It's not enough to hear opportunity knock you must let him in, make friends, and work together with him.

  11. Boy bands should be exploded from a great height they're just pretty people singing music written by others.

  12. Happiness is the key to success if you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

  13. It is not the strongest of the species that survives nor the most intelligent that survives it is the one that is the most adaptable to change.

  14. Courage is doing what you're afraid to do there can be no courage unless you're scared.

  15. During a boat trip in 1862, Charles Dodgson began telling a story about an adventure in a world full of peculiar creatures the place was called Wonderland.

Answers are on page three.

For additional practice, see Correcting Run-on Sentences Through Coordination and Subordination.

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