Run-on sentences

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I have a problem with run-on sentences in the following example: “At that time I did not associate it with race but as I have grown and teach I clearly see that race was the deciding factor.”

asked Mar 30 '11 at 18:56 Leo Radford New member

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1. Use a comma to separate two main clauses connected by a coordinating conjunction:

 

At that time I did not associate it with race, but as I have grown and teach I clearly see that race was the deciding factor.”

 

You can tell that there are two main clauses because each one has its own subject and can stand alone as a sentence.

 

2. The verb tense of "teach" does not agree with "grown."

3. The verb tense of "see" also does not agree-- "I have come to see" agrees with "I have grown and taught"

4. "as I have grown and taught" is an introductory phrase that must be set off with a comma.

 

“At that time I did not associate it with race, but as I have grown and taught, I have come to clearly see that race was the deciding factor.”

link comment answered Mar 30 '11 at 19:26 Collane Ramsey Expert

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