If you’re exhausted or confused after reading a sentence, chances are, you just read a run-on sentence.
Reading a run-on sentence is like listening to someone telling you a story without pausing or taking a breath. It’s exhausting.
What is a run-on sentence?
A run-on sentence contains two or more parts, with each one able to stand on its own. It’s a sentence made up of independent clauses that have been mixed together, without correct punctuation or conjunction.
Wrong: It’s raining outside I need to bring an umbrella.
Right: It’s raining outside. I need to bring an umbrella.
Wrong: I look forward to dinner tonight I can’t wait to taste the mushroom risotto.
Right: I look forward to dinner tonight. I can’t wait to taste the mushroom risotto.
Wrong: I stayed up all night editing my book, I almost fell asleep a few times, I hope I didn’t miss anything.
Right: I stayed up all night editing my book. I almost fell asleep a few times. I hope I didn’t miss anything.
Run-on sentences don’t necessarily have to be long. They can be short but still contain two or more independent clauses.
To fix a run-on sentence, you can add the right punctuation marks, or split up the different parts by starting new sentences.
Test your skills and take this quiz on run-on sentences: