How to Avoid Run-on Sentences
Watch more English Grammar Basics videos: http://www.howcast.com/guides/379-English-Grammar-Basics Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - http://howc.st/uLaHRS Avoid run-on sentences and fix incorrectly connected clauses using these steps. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: http://howc.st/ytmainplaylists Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - http://howc.st/HOE3aY Howcast Video Games Channel - http://howc.st/tYKKrk Howcast Tech Channel - http://howc.st/rx9FwR Howcast Food Channel - http://howc.st/umBoJX Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - http://howc.st/vmB86i Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - http://howc.st/vKjUjm Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - http://howc.st/vbbNt3 Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Create two sentences Break the two independent clauses in a run-on into two sentences. For example, rewrite the run-on sentence, "The sky is red it will rain tomorrow," as "The sky is red. It will rain tomorrow." Tip An independent clause is a group of words that contains a subject and verb and expresses a complete thought. Step 2: Use a conjunction Connect the two independent clauses with a comma followed by a conjunction, such as and, but, for, nor, yet, or, or so. For example, rewrite "The sky is red it will rain tomorrow" as "The sky is red, so it will rain tomorrow." Step 3: Use a semicolon Connect the two independent clauses with a semicolon if the clauses are short and closely related. For example, rewrite "The sky is red it will rain tomorrow" as "The sky is red; it will rain tomorrow." Step 4: Use a long conjunction Connect the two independent clauses with a longer conjunction; such as however, moreover, nevertheless, therefore, or consequently. Place a semicolon in front and a comma behind the conjunction. For example, rewrite "The sky is red it will rain tomorrow" as "The sky is red; consequently, it will rain tomorrow." Did You Know? Marcel Proust once wrote a grammatically sound sentence that went on for three pages.