A run-on sentence results when two completesentences get jammed together.Run-ons usuallysound breathless, as if an excited child is telling astory. Here’san example of a run-on sentence:
I walked into the pet store and asked the clerk ifshe had any talking parrots, this made her roll her eyes.
The best way to test if a sentence is a run-on is to split the sentence in two andsee if bothhalves of the sentence could function alone:
I walked into the pet store and asked the clerk if she had any talking parrots. This made herroll her eyes.
Because each half of this sentence is complete on its own, the two halves cannotbe joinedtogether with a comma.
Here are three ways to fix run-on sentences in Improving Sentences questions:
Method 1: Use a semicolon.
Method 2: Add a conjunction.
Method 3: Make the clauses relate clearly.
Method 1: Use a Semicolon
One of the most common remedies you’ll find on the SAT is a semicolon. A semicolon (;)signals that both sides of the sentence are grammatically separate but closely related to oneanother.
I walked into the pet store and asked the clerk if she had any talking parrots; this made herroll her eyes.
Method 2: Add a Conjunction
Another method for correcting run-on sentences is adding conjunctions. Suppose you seethis run-on sentence:
In her incredible eagerness to cheer her team to victory, Amy the cheerleader has lost hervoice, therefore her performance at the games is a silent one.
If you add the conjunction and:
In her incredible eagerness to cheer her team to victory, Amy the cheerleader has lost hervoice and therefore her performance at the games is a silent one.
The run-on disappears.