Recognizing And Correcting Runon Sentences

When two or more independent clauses appear in one sentence without appropriate punctuation, the sentence is called a run-on sentence.

Two types of run-on sentences exist: the fused sentence that has no punctuation separating the independent clauses and the comma splice which has a comma between the two independent clauses.

Incorrect: It rained heavily this morning the freeways and surface streets flooded. (fused sentence) Incorrect: It rained heavily this morning, the freeways and surface streets flooded. (comma splice)

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