Loading...

How to Avoid a Run-On Sentence | Grammar Lessons

47,139 views

Loading...

Loading...

Transcript

The interactive transcript could not be loaded.

Loading...

Rating is available when the video has been rented.
This feature is not available right now. Please try again later.
Published on May 2, 2014

Watch more Grammar Lessons videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/515789-...



If you have a sentence with two complete thoughts, but you don't punctuate it properly, it can become what we call a run-on sentence. So all sentences include at least one complete thought, but if you have two complete thoughts, it can get a little bit tricky. I'm going to show you four ways to punctuate a sentence with two complete thoughts in a way that avoids a run-on. So say that I want to express this idea. I love grammar. How about you? Well the first way that I can punctuate this is with a period, and to essentially create two sentences.

So I'm breaking these two complete thoughts into two sentences. I love grammar. How about you? Another way to do it is what I call the comma conjunction. And so we can join these two ideas with a comma and a conjunction. For example, "I love grammar, and how about you?" The third way that we can punctuate this type of sentence properly is with a semicolon. And in this case we would say, "I love grammar; how about you?" And it's always important to remember that when you use a semicolon, you lower-case the word that comes after it. This is all still one sentence. And the fourth way, and I think the trickiest but kind of the neatest way, to join these two ideas correctly is to use a semicolon and a word like however.

So in this case it gives us a sentence that says, "I love grammar; however, do you?" And however is a little bit different than a typical conjunction. It's what we call a conjunctive adverb, and because of it, it gets this special treatment when it's linking two ideas. We can't just do comma however. We need to have a semicolon, however, comma. I kind of call it the semicolon-comma cushion that these special words like however or therefore need. So again, these are the four ways to properly punctuate a sentence with more than one idea to avoid a run-on sentence.

Loading...

Advertisement
When autoplay is enabled, a suggested video will automatically play next.

Up next


to add this to Watch Later

Add to

Loading playlists...