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Post by hadizasalisu » 27 Jul 2018, 19:08

I am in dire need of help!!!!! No matter how hard I try,I just cannot be rid of run-on sentences. Does anyone have any helpful tips? I'm desperate!.

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Post by Yicheng Liu » 27 Jul 2018, 20:17

Think of it like this: don’t join two ideas together. Use short sentences. Full stop.

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Post by history100 » 27 Jul 2018, 20:53

You might try printing out your review, then marking it up with a red pen. Draw a line between different ideas so you can see the problem. I am a visual person so it helped when I was able to see the red lines; I could see how many different ideas were being combined into one sentence.

Once you see the distinct ideas you can decide how to rewrite things. But for me, I needed to see all the red marks on the paper in order to fully understand the problem.

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Post by jgraney8 » 11 Sep 2018, 22:26

Depending on your comfort with grammar, you can try marking subjects and verbs in your sentences and checking for when a new subject and verb come. At that point, you now probably have two clauses and a potential run-on. You can decide what to do with the new subject and verb. Marking with red as history100 suggests could help.
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Post by Abacus » 11 Dec 2018, 11:28

I have trouble with run-on sentences. I am going to try your idea on my next review. I also had 2 errors with capitalizing a profession when followed by the person's name. e.g. Professor Jon Evans. I used every grammar checker I could, 15 or more, and not one of them found those errors. I just looked Grammar ad capitalizing and found the Blue Book of Grammar online. It clearly had those rules stated.

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Post by ChaosofaMadHatter » 18 Jan 2019, 19:27

One of the tricks I found useful was if I needed to take a breath when reading something out loud, then it might be time for a period. If you aren't able to read it aloud and are reading it silently, when your mind pauses it might be time for a period.

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Post by Louanne Piccolo » 22 Jan 2019, 15:26

Can you give us some examples? It world be easier to help if we could see exactly what it is you're doing.
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Post by Zora C Penter » 23 Jan 2019, 15:59

I'm glad you're asking for help. The last two books I've reviewed have suffered greatly from compound sentence errors (current book has 10 in the first chapter).

Know your FANBOYS and what they separate. If there is a complete thought before and after one, it needs punctuation. For both your sake, and for your reader's sake, try not to combine any more than two complete thoughts in a single sentence unless it is describing simultaneous action from multiple characters.

If you are not sure you have separate thoughts, put a period between, and see if it makes sense.

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