The learner will identify and correct run-on sentences.

## Communication: Correcting Run-On Sentences

Select the best correction (if needed) for this sentence:

In the event of an accident, call the operator and notify management.

## Correct!

Select the best correction (if needed) for this sentence:

In the event of an accident, call the operator and notify management.

### The sentence does not need correction.

Explanation:

A run-on sentence contains at least two independent clauses that are not separated by correct punctuation or joined by a conjunction. In this example, the sentence contains only one independent clause ("call the operator and notify management"). The other clause ("In the event of an accident") does not contain enough information to stand alone, so it is not an independent clause.

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## Incorrect

Select the best correction (if needed) for this sentence:

In the event of an accident, call the operator and notify management.

### The sentence does not need correction.

Explanation:

A run-on sentence contains at least two independent clauses that are not separated by correct punctuation or joined by a conjunction. In this example, the sentence contains only one independent clause ("call the operator and notify management"). The other clause ("In the event of an accident") does not contain enough information to stand alone, so it is not an independent clause.

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## Communication: Correcting Run-On Sentences

Select the best correction (if needed) for this sentence:

The engine is lubricated with synthetic oil that substance contains toxins.

## Correct!

Select the best correction (if needed) for this sentence:

The engine is lubricated with synthetic oil that substance contains toxins.

### The engine is lubricated with synthetic oil; that substance contains toxins.

Explanation:

In this example of a run-on sentence, there are two independent clauses (clauses that contain enough information to stand alone). Independent clauses must be separated by a period or a semi-colon or joined by a conjunction.

To convey the intended meaning, it would be best to insert either a period or a semi-colon to separate the clauses after the word "oil."

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## Incorrect

Select the best correction (if needed) for this sentence:

The engine is lubricated with synthetic oil that substance contains toxins.

### The engine is lubricated with synthetic oil; that substance contains toxins.

Explanation:

In this example of a run-on sentence, there are two independent clauses (clauses that contain enough information to stand alone). Independent clauses must be separated by a period or a semi-colon or joined by a conjunction.

To convey the intended meaning, it would be best to insert either a period or a semi-colon to separate the clauses after the word "oil."

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## Communication: Correcting Run-On Sentences

Select the best correction (if needed) for this sentence:

Manufacturing jobs are well paid they help drive growing economies.

## Correct!

Select the best correction (if needed) for this sentence:

Manufacturing jobs are well paid they help drive growing economies.

### Manufacturing jobs are well paid and they help drive growing economies.

Explanation:

In this example of a run-on sentence, there are two independent clauses. In this case, adding "and" after "paid" will join the clauses and convey the intended meaning. (Adding "but" in the same location is grammatically correct, but conveys the reverse of the intended meaning.)

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## Incorrect

Select the best correction (if needed) for this sentence:

Manufacturing jobs are well paid they help drive growing economies.

### Manufacturing jobs are well paid and they help drive growing economies.

Explanation:

In this example of a run-on sentence, there are two independent clauses. In this case, adding "and" after "paid" will join the clauses and convey the intended meaning. (Adding "but" in the same location is grammatically correct, but conveys the reverse of the intended meaning.)

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## Communication: Correcting Run-On Sentences

Select the the best correction (if needed) for this sentence:

Everyone recognizes the importance of manufacturing jobs and supports the efforts to recruit new students for manufacturing programs.

## Correct!

Select the the best correction (if needed) for this sentence:

Everyone recognizes the importance of manufacturing jobs and supports the efforts to recruit new students for manufacturing programs.

### The sentence does not need correction.

Explanation:

The sentence does not need to be corrected because it only has one independent clause and is not a run-on sentence.

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## Incorrect

Select the the best correction (if needed) for this sentence:

Everyone recognizes the importance of manufacturing jobs and supports the efforts to recruit new students for manufacturing programs.

### The sentence does not need correction.

Explanation:

The sentence does not need to be corrected because it only has one independent clause and is not a run-on sentence.

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## Communication: Correcting Run-On Sentences

Select the best correction (if needed) for this sentence:

Welders are in high demand, they are needed in both manufacturing and construction fields.

## Correct!

Select the best correction (if needed) for this sentence:

Welders are in high demand, they are needed in both manufacturing and construction fields.

### Welders are in high demand. They are needed in both manufacturing and construction fields.

Explanation:

In this example of a run-on sentence, there are two independent clauses that need to be separated. To convey the intended meaning, it would be best to insert either a period or a semi-colon to separate the clauses after the word "demand."

Separating the clauses fixes the run-on sentence and conveys the intended meaning. (Adding "however" in the same location conveys the reverse of the intended meaning.)

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## Incorrect

Select the best correction (if needed) for this sentence:

Welders are in high demand, they are needed in both manufacturing and construction fields.

### Welders are in high demand. They are needed in both manufacturing and construction fields.

Explanation:

In this example of a run-on sentence, there are two independent clauses that need to be separated. To convey the intended meaning, it would be best to insert either a period or a semi-colon to separate the clauses after the word "demand."

Separating the clauses fixes the run-on sentence and conveys the intended meaning. (Adding "however" in the same location conveys the reverse of the intended meaning.)

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## Communication: Correcting Run-On Sentences

Select the best correction (if needed) for this sentence:

My friend encouraged me to buy the large sedan but I decided to get the pickup truck.

## Correct!

Select the best correction (if needed) for this sentence:

My friend encouraged me to buy the large sedan but I decided to get the pickup truck.

### My friend encouraged me to buy the large sedan, but I decided to get the pickup truck.

Explanation:

In this example, there are two independent clauses. The clauses are joined by a conjunction, but the sentence also needs a comma to create a pause between the clauses.

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## Incorrect

Select the best correction (if needed) for this sentence:

My friend encouraged me to buy the large sedan but I decided to get the pickup truck.

### My friend encouraged me to buy the large sedan, but I decided to get the pickup truck.

Explanation:

In this example, there are two independent clauses. The clauses are joined by a conjunction, but the sentence also needs a comma to create a pause between the clauses.

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## Communication: Correcting Run-On Sentences

Select the best correction (if needed) for this sentence:

It takes training and practice to become a master carpenter, so experienced carpenters are encouraged to mentor new students.

## Correct!

Select the best correction (if needed) for this sentence:

It takes training and practice to become a master carpenter, so experienced carpenters are encouraged to mentor new students.

### The sentence does not need correction.

Explanation:

In this example, there are two independent clauses that are joined by the conjunction "so." Because they are joined correctly (with a conjunction and a comma), the sentence is not a run-on sentence.

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## Incorrect

Select the best correction (if needed) for this sentence:

It takes training and practice to become a master carpenter, so experienced carpenters are encouraged to mentor new students.

### The sentence does not need correction.

Explanation:

In this example, there are two independent clauses that are joined by the conjunction "so." Because they are joined correctly (with a conjunction and a comma), the sentence is not a run-on sentence.

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## Communication: Correcting Run-On Sentences

Select the best correction (if needed) for this sentence:

I like working with machines they can be fun and challenging at the same time.

## Correct!

Select the best correction (if needed) for this sentence:

I like working with machines they can be fun and challenging at the same time.

### I like working with machines because they can be fun and challenging at the same time.

Explanation:

In this example of a run-on sentence, there are two independent clauses. In this case, adding "because" after "machines" will join the clauses and convey the intended meaning.

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## Incorrect

Select the best correction (if needed) for this sentence:

I like working with machines they can be fun and challenging at the same time.

### I like working with machines because they can be fun and challenging at the same time.

Explanation:

In this example of a run-on sentence, there are two independent clauses. In this case, adding "because" after "machines" will join the clauses and convey the intended meaning.

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## Communication: Correcting Run-On Sentences

Select the best correction (if needed) for this sentence:

One of the architects uses software to design layouts the other uses a traditional drafting method.

## Correct!

Select the best correction (if needed) for this sentence:

One of the architects uses software to design layouts the other uses a traditional drafting method.

### One of the architects uses software to design layouts; the other uses a traditional drafting method.

Explanation:

In this example of a run-on sentence, there are two independent clauses that must be separated.

To convey the intended meaning, it would be best to insert either a period or a semi-colon to separate the clauses after the word "layouts."

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## Incorrect

Select the best correction (if needed) for this sentence:

One of the architects uses software to design layouts the other uses a traditional drafting method.

### One of the architects uses software to design layouts; the other uses a traditional drafting method.

Explanation:

In this example of a run-on sentence, there are two independent clauses that must be separated.

To convey the intended meaning, it would be best to insert either a period or a semi-colon to separate the clauses after the word "layouts."

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## Communication: Correcting Run-On Sentences

Select the best correction (if needed) for this sentence:

Electronics engineering technicians read blueprints, wiring diagrams, and schematic drawings to assemble electronic units they also identify and resolve equipment malfunctions.

## Correct!

Select the best correction (if needed) for this sentence:

Electronics engineering technicians read blueprints, wiring diagrams, and schematic drawings to assemble electronic units they also identify and resolve equipment malfunctions.

### Electronics engineering technicians read blueprints, wiring diagrams, and schematic drawings to assemble electronic units. They also identify and resolve equipment malfunctions.

Explanation:

To separate two independent clauses, it would be best to insert either a period or a semi-colon after the word "units."

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## Incorrect

Select the best correction (if needed) for this sentence:

Electronics engineering technicians read blueprints, wiring diagrams, and schematic drawings to assemble electronic units they also identify and resolve equipment malfunctions.

### Electronics engineering technicians read blueprints, wiring diagrams, and schematic drawings to assemble electronic units. They also identify and resolve equipment malfunctions.

Explanation:

To separate two independent clauses, it would be best to insert either a period or a semi-colon after the word "units."

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Communication: Correcting Run-On Sentences

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