(ENG215 -Rsrch & Wrtng) Mini-Lesson _Run-On's

Eng215 rsrch amp wrtng mini lesson run ons

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Unformatted text preview: Mini-lesson: Conquering the Run-on A r un-on, or run-together, is what we call a sentence that has two or more smaller sentences s tu ck to g e t h e r wi t ho ut any punctuatio n or c onjunc t ions. A c omma splic e is a se nte n c e t h a t h a s t w o or m o r e s m a l l e r s e nt e n c e s s t uc k t o g et he r w i t hj u s t a c o m m a . T o m a ke t hi n g s s i m p l e r , I call pu n c t u a t i o n , conjunctio ns, o r any combinat ion of t he se t hings "glue " be c ause we u s e t h e m for sticking things together. T o ha ve a wh o l e sentence, yo u need thre e t hings: an ac t ion ( v e rb) , and some body o r something to do the action (subject), and the words must make a complete thought. Let's look a t t w o s am p l e s a n d d e c i de whe t h e r or n o t t h e y ' r e s e n t e n c e s . - "I ran." T h i s i s s ho r t , b ut i t i s s t i l l a s e n t e n c e b e c a u s e i t h a s a n a c t i o n " ra n , " h a s s om e o n e w h o d i d that action, "I," and makes a complete thought. - "Running wildly along the street beside the fences and tangled weeds." T h i s s am pl e i s a l o t l o n g e r , but g u e s s w h a t . I t ' s n o t a s e nt e n c e . I f y o u l o o k c l o s e l y , y o u ' l l s e e that there is noboby doing the running in these words. If you don't believe me, try to find a n o u n t h a t w i l l a n s we r t h e q u e s t i o n , " W h o o r w h a t i s r u n n i n g ? " Are fences running wildly? No. How about tangled weeds? Nope. So what we have here is a fragment, which is what we call a "wanna-be" sentence that doesn't quite make it. Let's fix that problem: - T h e a r m a d i l l o w a s r u n n i n g w i l d l y a l on g t h e...
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This note was uploaded on 01/19/2012 for the course ENGLISH ENG115 taught by Professor Brown during the Spring '11 term at Strayer.

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