Run-on Sentences

Run-on Sentences
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Updated on 29 September 2015

Lila enjoyed the bouquet of tulips John gave her on prom night however she prefers roses.

Lila enjoyed the bouquet of tulips John gave her on prom night; however, she prefers roses.

Run-on sentences, also known as fused sentences, occur when two complete sentences are squashed together without using a coordinating conjunction or proper punctuation, such as a period or a semicolon. Run-on sentences can be short or long. A long sentence isn’t necessarily a run-on sentence.

To avoid run-on sentences, see if there is more than one idea communicated by two or more independent clauses. In our examples, there are two complete sentences:

Lily enjoyed the bouquet of tulips John gave her on prom night.

She prefers roses.

Both sentences are complete ideas by themselves; therefore, use a semicolon or a period to indicate that they are separate independent clauses.

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