Run-on Sentences & Comma-splices

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Are you familiar with comma splice or fused sentences? Do you think you can pass this quiz? Both writing errors are sentence boundary errors that occur when independent clauses are joined incorrectly. A comma splice arises when a comma is used to separate two independent clauses, while a fused sentence ensues when two independent clauses are joined without any punctuation. If you want to learn more, try this quiz.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What is a run-on sentence?
    • A. 

      A sentence that has legs and is escaping the page.

    • B. 

      A sentence that contains two or more clauses but lacks proper punctuation to break it up.

    • C. 

      A sentence that has too many punctuation marks.

    • D. 

      A sentence that can only be fixed by adding a comma.

  • 2. 
    Which of these is a run-on sentence?
    • A. 

      Dylan got arrested for being disordery - if only he calmed down this wouldn't have happened.

    • B. 

      The turkey chased him all down the street, it was a sight to behold.

    • C. 

      Bob burned the pizza again he forgot to take the cardboard out from underneath.

    • D. 

      Unfortunately, there are no more single men in this town; you should try another.

  • 3. 
    What is a comma-splice?
    • A. 

      When a comma is not used in a sentence to join two independent clauses.

    • B. 

      When two or more commas are used in a sentence, breaking it up for no reason.

    • C. 

      A love triangle between two sentences and a dastardly comma.

    • D. 

      A sentence that has two independent clauses joined together by a comma.

  • 4. 
    Which of the following will fix a comma-splice.
    • A. 

      Another comma.

    • B. 

      Semicolon and conjunctive adverb.

    • C. 

      Scrapping the sentence - there is nothing you can do to save it.

    • D. 

      Putting a gerund in the sentence.

  • 5. 
    Which of these is an example of a comma-splice?
    • A. 

      I went the library to study, but I got nothing done.

    • B. 

      It is too late, we will never escape!

    • C. 

      In my day, shoes were a luxury!

    • D. 

      Marty, you're on fire again.

  • 6. 
    Which of these is NOT a correct way to fix this sentence:I've been to Mars, I never want to go back!
    • A. 

      I've been to Mars, and I never want to go back!

    • B. 

      I've been to Mars. I never want to go back!

    • C. 

      I've been to Mars - therefore I never want to go back!

    • D. 

      I've been to Mars, never want to go back!

  • 7. 
    True or False: It is impossible to make a sentence with forty or more words and not have it turn into a run-on sentence or comma-splice.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    Which of the following is the correct way to fix this run-on?Godzilla is attacking the city thank goodness Batman is on the case!
    • A. 

      Godzilla is attacking the city! Thank goodness Batman is on the case!

    • B. 

      Godzilla is attacking the city, but thank goodness Batman is on the case!

    • C. 

      Godzilla is attacking the city, however Batman is on the case! We need not worry!

    • D. 

      Godzilla is attacking the city, so Baman will take the case!

    • E. 

      All of the above.

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