Run-on sentence

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A run-on sentence is two or more sentences put together into one sentence without anything to join them together. It is not just any sentence that runs on and on. Run-on sentences can be short. And not all long sentences are run-on sentences. Here is a run-on sentence: "I looked over the hill and I saw the bear I ran as fast as I could." It is a run-on sentence because "I looked over the hill and I saw the bear." is a complete sentence, and "I ran as fast as I could." is another complete sentence. English teachers say run-on sentences are wrong. There are three ways to correct a run-on sentence:

  • Make it separate sentences. "I looked over the hill. I saw the bear. I ran as fast as I could."
  • Use a conjunction. "I looked over the hill and I saw the bear, so I ran as fast as I could."
  • Use a semicolon. "I looked over the hill and I saw the bear; I ran as fast as I could."