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1 Sentence Boundaries By: Allie, Toni, Bryan and Brittany

2 Sentence Boundaries  Includes: Fragments, run-on sentences and comma splices.  They are incomplete sentences that are commonly used in conversation but are not appropriate for academic writing.  They make the meaning of your sentence confusing and distracting to readers.

3 To correct sentence boundaries  To correct fragments you can combine them with near by clauses or add words t make them a complete sentence.  Wrong: NBC will broadcast the debates. With discussions afterwards.  Correct: NBC will broadcast the debates, with discussions afterwards.  The problem was with the period breaking the sentence up when it should be one whole sentence.

4 More examples  Wrong: Jane didn’t return to work for three weeks after her surgery. To let her knee fully heal.  Correct: Jane didn't return to work for three weeks. She wanted to let her knee fully heal.  Wrong: William Shakespeare wrote many plays. Such as Hamlet and Macbeth.  Correct: William Shakespeare wrote many plays, such as Hamlet and Macbeth.

5 Run-on Sentences  A run-on sentence is a sentence that results form joining two or more independent clauses without using correct punctuation.  The best way to fix a run-on sentence is too separate them into two sentences.  Example: My mother likes to work in the garden she grows beautiful sunflowers.  Correct: My mother likes to work in the garden. She grows beautiful sunflowers.

6 Comma Splices  A comma splice occurs when independent clauses are separated only by a comma.  Essentially a run-on sentence that is separated into by a comma when it should be two complete sentences.  Example: John hikes a different section of the Appalachian Trail every year, it’s his favorite way to spend summer break.  Correct: John hikes a different section of the Appalachian Trail every year. It’s his favorite way to spend summer break.

7 Comma Splices  If the ideas in the two clauses are closely related, you can join them with a comma and a coordinating conjunction or semicolon.  Example: I woke up with a headache, I took some aspirin.  Correct: I woke up with a headache, so I took some aspirin.

8 Comma Splices  It is important to remember to add a coordinating conjunction or you are just using a comma splice again.  Example: I need to pay my tuition I don’t have enough money.  Correct: I need to pay my tuition, but I don’t have enough money.

9 Work Cited  Lunsford, Andrea A., ed. The St. Martin’s Handbook: Seventh Edition. Boston, New York: Bedford/ St. Martin’s, Print.http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/sentence-patterns/ © by The Writing Center at UNC Chapel Hill.http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/sentence-patterns/ © by The Writing Center at UNC Chapel Hill.


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