Answered By: James Whitmer
Last Updated: Jun 02, 2020     Views: 5

First, to understand how to correct these common mistakes, one must understand what these terms mean:

  • Sentence Fragment: This is a group of words that do not make a sentence on their own. They are missing a subject, a verb, or both, or are forming a dependent clause because of a subordinating conjunction (e.g. because, if, when, which, that, even though, although, etc.) that does not have another complete idea to explain the meaning of the clause.
  • Run-on Sentence: This is a sentence formed of two smaller sentences run together without something to join them. In this case, they need a comma and coordinating conjunction; a semicolon; or a semicolon, conjunctive adverb, and comma to link them, all of which are explained in the link below. Another solution is to separate the two sentences with a period rather than keep them joined.
  • Comma Splice: This is a sentence formed of two smaller sentences joined by only a comma, which is something a comma cannot do on its own. The easiest way to fix a comma splice is to add a coordinating conjunction after the comma, but a comma splice can be corrected in the same ways as a run-on sentence.

To see specific information for correcting these errors, please follow the link below: