academic English workshops

2009-2010 Session 5– Run-ons

CC0040

ccwience@hkcc-polyu.edu.hk 3746-0170 HHB 1630

Wience Lai

Part A: Diagnostic Test
• Identify and underline the run-on sentences in the following passage. • Then, correct the sentence errors in the space between the lines.

10/13/09

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Part B: Grammatical principles Review
Run-on Sentences
(Fused Sentences, Comma Splice)

Combining Sentences
(Compound Sentences, Complex Sentences)

Run-on Sentences
• Fused sentences: Two sentences joined together as one without a proper conjunction or punctuation. Example: Girls like playing dolls boys like playing toy cars. Correction: Girls like playing dolls; boys like playing to cars.
(A period “.” can also be used here for correction.)

Run-on Sentences
• Comma-splice: Two sentences joined together as one with only a comma. Example: It will rain soon, we better bring an umbrella. Correction: It will rain soon, so we better bring an umbrella.
(A coordinating conjunction “so” is used for correction.)

Correction: As it will rain soon, we better bring an umbrella.
(A subordinating conjunction “as” is used for correction.)

Combining Sentences
• Compound Sentences: A compound sentence structure shows that two thoughts are of equal importance and connected by linking words (coordinating conjunctions) like for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so (= fanboys). Example: He likes to eat, but he never gains weight.

Combining Sentences
• Complex Sentences: A complex sentence has an independent clause and a dependent clause joined by a subordinating conjunction like because, if, when, before, after, although. Example: When she finished her homework, she turned on the TV. Example: As it’s raining, we had better stay at home.

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Part C: Concept Boosting Exercises
Exercise C1: Identify and underline the run-on sentences in the following passage. Then, correct the sentence errors in the space between the lines.

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Part C: Concept Boosting Exercises
• Exercise C2: Identify and underline the sentence fragments and run-ons in the following passage. Then, correct the sentence errors in the space between the lines.

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Homework Practice 3: Reflective Writing Practice II (Comments on an Online Article)
In this task, you are required to i) read and choose an online article relevant to your study discipline (i.e. Health Care) (Attach a copy of the online article with this assignment.) ii)write a reflection paragraph of 100-150 words on the article. Due Date: In the Workshop of Week 7

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