Interactive Rubric for Written Communication: 6.1.2. Run-on Sentences

This guide will help you understand common conventions of academic writing and the application of marking rubrics

SYNTAX

 

Definition (formal)

Run-on sentences are two separate sentences that have been incorrectly combined as one sentence.

Definition (informal)

A run on sentence: The sentence goes on and on.

Example

For example, consider the two correct sentences in the Persuasive Essay Example re-written incorrectly as a run-on sentence:

Correct: The nature-nurture debate is traditionally significant for school teachers as it affects the scope and possibility for development and improvement in their students’ learning.  The debate is particularly significant in the context of intelligence. 

Incorrect: The nature-nurture debate is traditionally significant for school teachers as it affects the scope and possibility for development and improvement in their students’ learning the debate is particularly significant in the context of intelligence. 

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