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Identifying and Fixing Run-On Fused Sentences | Practice

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Based on this lesson, identify and fix the run-on, fused sentences. There may be multiple ways to correct each sentence.

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Item 1: In the US, (comma), voting is a right people vote only if they want to participate in the political process (period).

Correction (if needed):

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Possible correction 1: In the US, (comma), voting is a right (period). People vote only if they want to participate in the political process (period).

Possible correction 2: In the US, (comma), voting is a right, (comma) so people vote only if they want to participate in the political process (period).

Possible correction 3: In the US, (comma) voting is a right so that people vote only if they want to participate in the political process (period).

2. Many of the people surveyed had a college degree most had a high-school diploma or some college.

Correction (if needed):

Possible correction 1: Many of the people surveyed had a college degree (period) Most had a high-school diploma or some college (period).

Possible correction 2: Many of the people surveyed had a college degree whereas most had a high-school diploma or some college (period).

3. College students often struggle in their first year by the time they finish their third semester, they have usually found their footing. Vocabulary: to find one's footing. Expression: to start being comfortable in a new situation; to begin being confident or successful.

Correction (if needed):

Possible correction 1: College students often struggle in their first year. By the time they finish their third semester, they have usually found their footing.

Possible correction 2: Although college students often struggle in their first year, they have usually found their footing by the time they finish their third semester.

4. Opportunity does not always present itself sometimes you have to create it.

Correction (if needed):

Possible correction: Opportunity does not always present itself. Sometimes you have to create it.

5. Be careful about what you read online it is often misinformation designed to get clicks and views.

Correction (if needed):

Possible correction 1: Be careful about what you read online. It is often misinformation designed to get views.

Possible correction 2: Be careful about what you read online as it is often misinformation designed to get views.

6. If you often complete assignments incorrectly, do not blame the assignment ask yourself if you have read the instructions carefully enough.

Correction (if needed):

Possible correction 1: If you often complete assignments incorrectly, do not blame the assignment. Ask yourself if you have read the instructions carefully enough.

Possible correction 2: If you often complete assignments incorrectly, do not blame the assignment. Instead, ask yourself if you have read the instructions carefully enough.

How’s it coming so far? Try a few more just in case.

7. A new scholarship program has been launched this year hundreds of students will benefit from it.

Correction (if needed):

Possible correction 1: A new scholarship program has been launched this year. period. Hundreds of students will benefit from it.

Possible correction 2: A new scholarship program, (comma), from which hundreds of students will benefit, (comma), has been launched this year. (period)

8. Students should apply for scholarships well before the semester starts.

Correction (if needed):

Not a fused sentence.

Was this a tricky one? “Before the semester starts” is not an independent clause. It must be connected to the first portion of the sentence so it makes sense, and it needs no punctuation.

9. Nothing had changed in the company for over a decade the CEO then decided to update all operations.

Correction (if needed):

Possible correction 1: Nothing had changed in the company for over a decade. The CEO then decided to update all operations.

10. After the reporter asked the question repeatedly, the Senator gave in and answered it to everyone’s surprise, he actually told the truth.

Correction (if needed):

Possible correction 1: After the reporter asked the question repeatedly, the Senator gave in and answered it. To everyone’s surprise, he actually told the truth.

11. You should be able to finish the task if you read the instructions thoroughly and complete each step carefully.

Correction (if needed):

Not a fused sentence.

The independent sentence is “You should be able to finish the task.” Both other statements do not make sense unless they are part of the independent sentence, and they do not require any punctuation.

12. Do you feel motivated to go to work each day if you do not, you may need to reevaluate your career.

Correction (if needed):

Possible correction 1: Do you feel motivated to go to work each day? If you do not, you may need to reevaluate your career.

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