Simple sentences have one subject and one verb. Compound sentences have two or more independent clauses joined by a coordinating conjunction. Run-on sentences are two independent clauses that are not joined by a conjunction.
The origin of the term 'run-on sentence' dates back to the 15th century! Compound sentences can be divided into two or more independent clauses, while a run-on sentence consists of two or more independent clauses that are joined incorrectly. Simple sentences don't always have to be short; they can consist of one long independent clause!
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What is the difference between a simple sentence and a compound sentence?
A run-on sentence is two complete sentences that have been joined together without the use of a conjunction or punctuation. Run-on sentences are difficult to read and often contain too much information for the reader to understand. To fix a run-on sentence, you can: Rewrite it into two separate sentences and end each with a period, question mark, or exclamation mark. Use a comma and FANBOYS (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so) conjunction. Use a semicolon (;) to separate the two complete sentences.
What is a Run-on Sentence?
What is a simple sentence?
- A sentence with no subject or predicate
- A sentence with one independent clause
- A sentence with multiple independent clauses
What is a compound sentence?
- A sentence that does not make sense
- A sentence with one subject and two predicates
- A sentence with two or more independent clauses joined by a coordinating conjunction
Which of the following sentences is an example of a run-on sentence?
- The dog chased its tail, it was really funny.
- I went to the store I bought some milk.
- She likes to dance and he likes to sing.
How can you fix a run-on sentence?
- By adding appropriate punctuation such as commas or periods
- By rearranging the word order
- By removing extra words
Which type of sentences can be combined to form compound sentences?
- Two simple sentences
- Two run-on sentences
- Two complex sentences
Work together in pairs: What is the difference between a compound and a run-on sentence?