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Correct each run-on by using (1) a period and capital letter, (2) a comma plus a joining word, or (3) a semicolon.  Do not use the same method of correction in each sentence.

_____  1. The can of mushroom soup must have spoiled, it was bulging at the top.

_____  2. I respect my parents, I resent their attempts to choose a career for me.  

asked Mar 18 at 19:41 jade New member

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These are comma splices which are two indendendent clauses joined with a comma.  Some grammarians call a comma splice a type of run-on while others put it in a separate category.  The important thing is that they are both wrong and can be corrected in various ways.

 

The can of mushroom soup must have spoiled, because it was bulging at the top.

The can of mushroom soup must have spoiled; it was bulging at the top.

The can of mushroom soup must have spoiled.   It was bulging at the top.

 

This sentence is best corrected with a conjunction.  The two thoughts expressed carry contrary meanings, and a proper conjunction will resolve the conflict.

I respect my parents, but I resent their attempts to choose a career for me.

link comment answered Mar 19 at 14:11 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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