comma splices, run-ons and sentences fragments

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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?

asked Oct 05 '11 at 21:42 Fanny Gonzalez New member

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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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link comment answered Nov 08 at 20:16 Robin New member
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One day on the side of the road there was a small family of 4 they whir stranded on the side of

the road and didn’t know how to change their tire. So I slowly pulled off the road to the

shoulder of the road where I asked the family would you like some help with that flat tire. Then

the husband of the family replied, yes you may help us with this flat tire would you mind

showing us how to change that flat tire. As the family watched I showed them every step on

how to change a tire I began taking the lug nuts off to get the tire off. I then asked

the guy if he could get the spare tire that he had on the back of his jeep. He replied back I sure

can do that sure I can get you the spare tire. he then returned with the spare tire and I took off

the flat tire I let the guy put the spare tire on; and I let him tighten the lug nuts. I then told him

that he needed to get to the nearest repair shop to get his tire fixed so that he wouldn’t have

to drive on the spare tire for really long. He also asked me where the nearest repair shop was

and I told him Wal-Mart is about 30 minutes from here. His family all said thanks and god bless

and I said back too them god bless you too and have a safe trip home, and the family drove off

to start their way back home the family was the nicest people you could meet they even

invited me too their church. It was so nice that the family let me show them how to change a

tire on their car they said it was very helpful that I showed them how to change a tire on their

vehicle.

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