Run-on Sentences

There are a number of ways to correct run-on sentences:

  1. Use two separate sentences.
    My sister Julie loves to write. She has had several short stories published.
  2. Use a coordinating conjunction and a comma. These are the most common coordinating conjunctions
    • and
    • but
    • for
    • nor
    • or
    • so
    • yet

    My sister Julie loves to write, and she has had several short stories published.

  3. Use a subordinating conjunction. These are the most common subordinating conjunctions:
    • after
    • although
    • as
    • because
    • before
    • if
    • since
    • unless
    • until
    • when
    • whereas
    • while

    My sister Julie loves to write because she has had several short stories published.

  4. Use a semicolon.
    My sister Julie loves to write; she has had several short stories published.
  5. Use a semicolon and a conjunctive adverb with a comma. The most common conjunctive adverbs are the following: 
    • consequently: shows a cause/effect relationship
    • furthermore:  indicates an additional example, proof, or clarification
    • however:  shows an opposing view
    • in fact: introduces a clarification or additional proof
    • indeed: provides stronger clarification or proof
    • moreover: introduces an additional clarification or additional proof
    • nevertheless: similar to “however”; must be used with opposing notions
    • then: because
    • therefore:  shows consequence

    My sister Julie loves to write; in fact, she has had several short stories published.

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