A run on is a sentence that is actually two sentences combined into one without proper punctuation. Two or more independent clauses combined without using proper punctuation.
Run on sentence: Lily is from Germany she speaks German. Not a Run on: Lily is from Germany. She speaks German
A clause: a group of words that has a subject and a predicate. Independent Clause: a group of words that has a subject and a predicate and forms a complete thought. Dependent Clause: Doesn’t express a complete thought. It can’t stand alone as a full sentence, so it has to be paired with least one independent clause to make a complete sentence.
Cola spilled over the glass and splashed onto the counter. 1.Cola- SUBJECT (Its being discussed) 2.Spilled, Splashed- VERB (action) My dog loves pizza crusts. 1.Dog- SUBJECT 2.Loves- VERB
Independent Clause sentence Jenny studied in the library for her biology test. It’s complete sentence because it’s telling people that she is studying in the library for her biology test. Dependent Clause sentence When Jenny studied in the library for her test… (What happened to Jenny studying?) Incomplete thought
Coordinating Conjunction (FANBOYS) (For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet, So) Example: Martin likes to go fishing, but Edwin likes to go hiking. Subordinating Conjunction (uses dependent words) After, although, as, as soon as, because, before, by the time, even if, even though, every time, if, in case, in the event that, just in case, now that, once only if, since, the first time, though, unless, until, when, whenever, whereas, whether or not, while, while. Example: A bunny runs fast, although a turtle runs slowly.
Use a period (.) for each independent clause. Example: I like to play drums. I want to be good at it. Use a semicolon (;) to make your two sentences to one sentence. Example: I like playing drums ; I want to be good at it. Use comma and a conjunction (FANBOYS) Example: I like playing drums, so I want to be good at it. Use a subordinating conjunction if necessary. Example: Although Richard often thought about joining the band, he never talked to his friends about it.
A comma splice is two independent clauses that a comma joins together without a conjunction.
Comma splice: John is good in math, he is not good in social science. Not a comma splice: John is good in math, but he is good in social science.
Just split the two clauses into two sentences, add a conjunction following the comma, or use a semicolon to replace the comma: 1. Tara is going bike riding. She forgot her helmet. (Use proper punctuation) 2. Tara is going bike riding, but she forgot her helmet. (Add conjunction) 3. Tara is going bike riding ; she forgot her helmet. (Add Semi Colon)