Run-on Sentences: Correcting Run-on Sentences
The first way to correct a run-on sentence is to separate the independent clauses into distinct sentences.When you put a dependent word in front of one clause, you deprive it of its independence and allow it to become embedded in the other clause. (See Chapter 5.) The dependent words who, whose, which, and that are special. When one of these introduces a clause, it replaces a word in the process:Run-on: This is not such an elegant playground, still, the kids love it.To correct a run-on by this method, you need a period to mark the end of one sentence and a capital letter to mark the beginning of the next one.
Run-on: This is Myrella's winning lottery ticket, she bought it at Corsetti's Market.A final method of correcting run-on sentences is to reduce one independent clause to a verbal or verbal phrase.
Run-on: The icicles were melting they dripped into the bucket below.
When you reduce a clause to a verbal or a verbal phrase, you can embed it in the remaining independent clause. (See Chapter 5.) This method doesn't work with all run-on sentences, but when it does, it packs the combined ideas efficiently into a small number of words.