comma splices, run-ons and sentences fragments
The stunt is designed so that a person appears to be lying full length in a box that rest on a table, the hands, feet, and head protude through holes in the ends of the box. Is this sentences a comma splices, run-on, or sentenes fragment?
A sentence fragment is a phrase that does not have a subject and verb, i.e. "Like the kind at the cinema." (sentence fragment) You can correct a fragment by adding a subject (actor) and verb (action), i.e. "I like popcorn like the kind at the cinema."
Ask yourself, is there a thing or person (subject) doing something (verb)?
A run-on sentence is a the combination of more than one sentence together without appropriate ending punctuation. For example, "I like reading something new every day I think that people should read more often and it is sad that more people do not." (sentence fragment) The correct way to write this would be to break up the complete thoughts into separate sentences -- "I like reading new every day. I think that people should read more often; it is sad that more people do not."
Ask yourself, where does one idea end and a new idea start?
A comma-splice happens when you join to complete thoughts (sentences) together with just a comma and not another word like 'and' or 'but'. For example, "She ran to the store to buy some eggs, she came home with candies!" The way to correct this error is to add a conjunction (a word like 'and' or 'but') after the comma -- "She ran to the store to buy some eggs, but came home with candies!"
Nota Bene: Comma-splices are often present within run-on sentences.
Ask yourself, where does one idea end and another start? If there is a comma, have I used an appropriate conjunction or is it better to use a period?
So, if we look at your sentence:
The stunt is designed so that a person appears to be lying full length in a box that rests on a table, the hands, feet, and head protude through holes in the ends of the box.
1) Is there a thing or person (subject) doing something (verb)?
Yes, "the stunt" is the thing, and "is designed" is the verb (note, this sentence is in passive voice.)
2) Ask yourself, where does one idea end and a new idea start?
One idea ends with "on the table". The new idea starts with "hands, feet, and head". This is a run-on sentence.
3) If there is a comma, have I used an appropriate conjunction or is it better to use a period?
Yes, there is a comma. So this is a comma-splice. Consider adding a conjunction after the comma and before "hands". Alternatively (and what I wouls recommend), you can change the comma to period and start a new sentence with "hands".
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Have you played any Trivial Pursuit lately? If you have, you know the topics that make people test their knowledge of sports records. The most pinch hits by a lefthander are the most errors by a short stop in a nine-inning game and the fewest assists by a catcher in a full season.
Some records are really important, such as Roger Maris' sixty one home runs in 1961 or Hank Aaron's 755 career homers. Joe DiMaggio's fifty six game hitting streak in 1941 is the toughest record to break. In major league baseball's 109 year history. None of the batters have hit safely in more than forty four games.
Either Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees's sports clips, or Joe DiMaggio of the coffeemaker commercial are the strong batter and centerfielder. He had thirteen years in the majors, Joe rarely struck out. Joe, as well as his fans, are still amazed at his 361 home runs and only 369 strikeouts. We were all Joe's fans in the forties.
Every one of your parents remember Joe's fifty six game hitting streak. It began on May 15, 1941, wih a single. There were lots of good hitters with a twenty-game hitting streak. Who are the hitters whose streaks went higher? We Willie Keeler of the Baltimore Orioles held the record at forty four games in 1897. Joe's team in 1941 also remebers their individual reactions when Joe broke the record.
Mathematics are really important when it comes to recordkeeping. Fifty six game is the record, no one has matched it yet. When DiMaggio singled and doubled against the Cleveland Indians, the end came the next night against Cleveland. The third baseman thew him out twice. Nobody in their righr mind wanted to see Joe stop hitting safely. Someone I know said that he saw Joe go for zero for three, with a walk that night.
Each number in the record books are impressive for Joe DiMaggio. During the streak, Joe batted .408 and hit fifteen home runs, he batted in fifty five. For the full seasons he hit. 357 with thirty homers and 125 RBI. The Yankees won the pennant easily.
Maybe someday a player will break Joe's record, but don't hold your breath for that to appear.
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