Avoiding Run-On Sentences

What is a run-on sentence?

A run-on sentence is when two complete sentences that can stand alone are put together into the same sentence without any line breaks.

Here is an example: I went to the market on Tuesday I saw Brad buying milk.

I went to the market on Tuesday and I saw Brad buying milk are two separate sentences.

So how does one correct a run-on sentence?

There are a few ways to solve this issue.

 

1. Use a comma and join the sentences by using either and, but, for, or, nor, so, or yet.

Example: I went to the market on Tuesday, and I saw Brad buying milk.

 

2. Turn the run-on sentence into two separate sentences by using a period.

Example: I went to the market on Tuesday. I saw Brad buying milk.

 

3. Use a semicolon to join the two sentences.

Example: I went to the market on Tuesday; I saw Brad buying milk.

 

4. Use a transition word to join the two complete thoughts.

Example: I went to the market on Tuesday; also, I saw Brad buying milk.