Tuesday, May 29, 2012

More Writing Tips (Part 2 of 5)

Avoid the run-on, run-together, or fused sentence.

Although similar to the comma splice, these independent statements have no commas and thus they run together without any punctuation to indicate where the first ends and the second begins. Here's an example: The great white shark eats humans research shows that most sharks spit them back out. What is humans research? I'd insert a period or a semicolon after humans. Or add a conjunction: . . . eats humans, although research.

* Edgar Allan Poe is one of America's foremost poets he died in poverty. If you insert a comma and a conjunction, you've made the statement easily understood.

Careful writers avoid run-on or fused sentences 
by adding commas or conjunctions.


  1. Although I love Agatha Christie's stories, her sentences often leave me breathless!

  2. I'm not a fan of Christie, but in her defense, please remember that when she wrote--almost a century agao--readers expected longer sentences. Her lengthy sentences wouldn't make it day.


What are your thoughts?