Run-on Sentences: Spotting Run-on Sentences
When independent clauses meet in a sentence, they must be correctly compounded or else they create a run-on sentence.
This is not such an elegant playground, / still, the kids love it.
In the sentence above, a slash marks the spot where two independent clauses collide within the sentence. Notice that a comma doesn't prevent the collision; a run-on sentence with a comma between the two independent clauses is still a run-on sentence (sometimes called a comma splice).
Before you can recognize and correct run-on sentences, you need to be sure of the differences between independent and dependent clauses. Review the concept of clauses in Chapter 5.
Whenever you find more than one clause in a single sentence, check to see whether some are embedded and whether any independent clauses collide. Start by identifying any dependent words with an asterisk (*). Then discover the subject + verb combinations.
Those swings are the ones that* Dina always chooses, / they are just her size.
The slash (/) marks the point where a new independent clause begins without a conjunction.