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# The Vicious Run-on Sentence - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

The Vicious Run-on Sentence. …and how to tame it. Run-on Sentence. Has at least 2 parts Either part can stand alone 2 independent clauses improperly combined The sun is high, put on some sunscreen. How to Combine a Run-on. Comma + coordinating conjunction (FANBOYS)

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The Vicious Run-on Sentence

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## The Vicious Run-on Sentence

…and how to tame it.

### Run-on Sentence

• Has at least 2 parts

• Either part can stand alone

• 2 independent clauses improperly combined

• The sun is high, put on some sunscreen.

### How to Combine a Run-on

• Comma + coordinating conjunction (FANBOYS)

• The sun is high, so put on sunscreen.

• F

• A

• N

• B

• O

• Y

• S

### FANBOYS Practice

• Correctly combine 2+ independent clauses using 3 different FANBOYS.

• Raise your hand when you’re done.

• You have 8 minutes 

## Pain-Free Guide to Semi-colons

### Ok, so what does a semi-colon do?

• Links 2 independent clauses (2 complete thoughts) with no additional words

### Examples

• I am going home; I intend to stay there.

• It rained heavily during the afternoon; we managed to have our picnic anyway.

• They couldn't make it to the summit and back before dark; they decided to camp for the night.

### What else can it do?

• join 2 independent clauses together with a conjunctive adverb (adverbs that join independent clauses):

• however

• moreover

• therefore

• consequently

• otherwise

• nevertheless

• thus

### More Examples

• I am going home; moreover, I intend to stay there.

• It rained heavily during the afternoon; however, we managed to have our picnic anyway.

• They couldn't make it to the summit and back before dark; therefore, they decided to camp for the night.

### Correct or Incorrect?

• I felt sleepy after school; I took a nap on the couch.

• The prom is next month; but I don’t have a date yet.

• I love pizza; wings; chocolate; and burgers.

• Washington Irving is a Romantic author; however, Nathaniel Hawthorne is a Dark Romantic.

• I failed English; consequently, my parents grounded me.

### Semi-Colon Practice

• Write 2 sentences correctly combining 2+ independent clauses with a semi-colon and NO additional words.

• Write 2 sentences correctly combining 2+ independent clauses using a conjunctive adverb.

• You have 11 minutes 