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May 2020: Run-On Sentences and Sentence Fragments

by Paul Lai on 2020-05-01T08:00:00-05:00 | Comments

 

Two of the most common errors in English sentence structures are run-ons (when there is more than one complete sentence punctuated improperly) and fragments (incomplete sentences).

Remember that English sentences contain the following elements:

  • They begin with a capital letter: My results matched those of previous researchers.
  • They end with punctuation (most often a period): My results matched those of previous researchers.
  • They contain a subject that is only given once: My results they matched those of previous researchers.
  • They contain a verb (often with a complement or modifier): My results matched those of previous researchers
  • They usually follow subject + verb + object word order: My results (subject) matched (verb) those of previous researchers (object).
  • They contain a complete idea that stands alone, also known as an independent clause: My results matched those of previous researchers.

See the webpage on Run-On Sentences and Sentence Fragments for more examples, rules, and possible ways to revise these errors in sentence structure.

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Revision Tip: Look back through your most recent draft of your capstone document and search for run-ons and sentence fragments. Sometimes running the document through Grammarly also helps identify errors. Make revisions to your writing as needed for complete sentences.


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