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Chapter 20 Comma Splices and Run-On Sentences
Proofread the following sentences for comma splices and run-ons. Cross out any errors,
and write corrections above the lines. If a sentence is correct, write OK above the sentence.
1. Harvard University was founded in 1636, today it is one of our leading universities.
2. Many states have banned capital punishment, but other states permit the death penalty.
3. Anita speaks French and Spanish fluently she plans to get a job in Europe.
4. Harriet was the first in her family to attend college, both her father and mother dropped
out of high school.
5. The Fourth of July is a holiday which most Americans enjoy fireworks are a main part of
6. Many men grew their hair long when the Beatles became popular.
7. Ernest Hemingway fought in the Spanish Civil War he wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls as
a response to that experience.
8. Gardening is such a popular hobby millions of dollars are spent on flowers every year.
9. Teenage suicides have increased in number therefore, many high schools have
established prevention programs.
10. Baseball is the national sport soccer is increasing in popularity.
11. Old television programs are still popular; therefore many satellite stations use reruns.
12. Two of the main competitors in soft drinks are Pepsi-Cola and Coca-Cola each company
spends a great deal of money for advertising.
13. The forecast for Saturday is rain, but Sunday should be sunny.
14. Sandy’s flight was canceled she had to postpone her vacation.
15. Mrs. Hanley lived alone in the large house, she had five cats and a dog.
16. Mozart died without money, his music is greatly admired today.
17. Assassinations of world leaders have been tragic some of those murdered are Martin
Luther King, Jr., Indira Gandhi, John Kennedy, and Itzak Rabin.
18. Many countries have eliminated the draft; therefore, they depend on a volunteer army.
19. Despite all warnings, the use of tobacco among teenagers has become more widespread,
advertising is sometimes blamed for the increase.
20. Gina enjoyed her vacation in the Bahamas she plans to go again next year.
21. I am concerned about my grade in A & P my last test score was terrible.
22. Mr. Karnes’ garden is swarming with grasshoppers, he doesn’t know how to get rid of
23. Sharon was expecting a letter of acceptance from the college of her choice; instead, she
received another scholarship application form.
24. The basketball team has some new players with little experience, their record, however, is
25. Clouds obscured the sun consequently the club members canceled their barbecue.
Chapter Twenty Comma Splices and Run-On Sentences
Proofread for any comma splices or run-ons in the following paragraphs. Cross out any
errors, and write your corrections above the lines. Be careful about punctuation.
(1)The west section of the city had become run-down. (2) Several buildings were vacant
others were deteriorating. (3) Prices of property were cheap many of the buildings were for sale.
(4) That section of the city had once been fashionable, several prominent families owned
single-family townhouses there. (5) A migration to the suburbs occurred after 1950 the houses
were left empty. (6) Finally, someone got the idea of restoring one of those grand houses to its
original splendor. (7) It was difficult to find a bank to give a mortgage one bank decided to give
the project a chance.
(8) In a short time, other people bought the houses, and they started to renovate them. (9)
Each renovation improved the neighborhood more people became interested in moving there.
(10) The demand increased then prices started to rise. (11) Because of the improvements, stores
and other businesses relocated to the neighborhood. (12) Vitality returned families moved back.
(13) The residents then decided to clean up the park, they scheduled a weekend to pick
up the trash. (14) The residents wanted to buy playground equipment, they asked the city for
funds. (15) In a few months the area was turned into a park where parents could bring their
children to play. (16) The residents formed an association that way they could keep pressure on
the politicians for continued funding. (17) They also formed a neighborhood watch which
helped reduce crime. (18) People took pride in their neighborhood the area continued to
improve. (19) The success of the neighborhood inspired other sections of the city to improve.
(20) Now the city is changing for the better, people are finding the city a good place to work and
Chapter 20 Comma Splices and Run-On Sentences
Add punctuation to the following sentences to eliminate any comma splices or run-on
sentences. Do not add or remove words.
1. About three thousand years ago a man named Homer wrote a great poem, the Iliad it is
about the Greek warrior Achilles and the Trojan War.
2. At first, Achilles refused to fight in the war he was angry with King Agamemnon.
3. However, his best friend Patroculus was killed Achilles joined the battle.
4. Achilles fought and killed the courageous Trojan warrior, Hector he refused to let
Hector’s father bury his son’s body.
5. Finally, Achilles gave in and allowed King Priam to take his son’s body he couldn’t stay
so cruel forever.
6. Achilles was finally killed by Hector’s brother, Paris, with an arrow it struck Achilles in
7. Now a part of the human body is called the Achilles tendon that is an odd remembrance
of that ancient war!
8. Another great warrior was called Odysseus he was also a member of the Greek forces.
9. Odysseus was a clever man for example, it was his idea to build a great wooden horse
and leave it near the city of Troy as a gift, then pretend to go back to Greece.
10. The Trojans thought the Greeks had gone home they brought the great horse inside the
11. However, the Trojans didn’t know the gift horse was a clever trick inside, several Greek
warriors were hidden.
12. That night, after the Trojans were asleep, the Greek soldiers climbed out of the horse the
city gates were soon opened, and Greek soldiers took over the great city of Troy.
13. Once Troy had been conquered, the Greeks went home a great deal of Troy’s treasure,
including people they took for slaves, went with them.
14. The war was very long it continued for ten years.
15. The Greeks believed the Olympian gods and goddesses had helped them win the war, but
some of the gods helped the Trojans as well.
16. The famed goddess Athena especially favored Odysseus she helped him at every
17. Athena was the goddess of war and wisdom the shield she often carried was frightfully
18. On the shield was the head of a gorgon her name was Medusa, and she had snakes for
19. When men looked at Medusa, they were instantly turned to stone what a great decoration
the gorgon’s head was for the shield of the goddess of war!
20. The stories from ancient Greece are entertaining, and some scholars think the stories
continue to affect us now, three thousand years after they were written.
Chapter 20: Comma Splices and Run-On Sentences
Since this exercise deals with both comma splices and run-ons, most sentences can be
correctly written in more than one way, so here, you will find the words between which a
period or a semicolon will make a correct sentence.
1. 1636 today 2. punishment but 3. fluently she
4. college both 5. enjoy fireworks 6. OK
7. war he 8. hobby millions 9. number therefore
10. sport but soccer 11. popular many 12. Coca-Cola each
13. OK 14. canceled she 15. house she
16. money his 17. tragic some 18. OK
19. widespread advertising 20. Bahamas she 21. A & P my
22. grasshoppers he 23. OK 24. experience their 25. sun consequently
Chapter 20: Test B
1. OK 2. vacant others 3. cheap many 4. fashionable several
5. 1950 the 6. OK 7. mortgage one 8. OK
9. neighborhood more 10. increased then 11. OK
12. returned families 13. park they 14. equipment, they
15. OK 16. association that 17. okay 18. neighborhood the
19. OK 20. better people
Chapter 20: Test C
1. poem, the Iliad; it or poem, the iliad. It
2. war; he or war. He
3. killed; Achilles or killed. Achilles or killed, and
4. Hector; he or Hector. He or Hector, and
5. body; he or body. He
6. arrow; it or arrow. It or arrow which struck
7. tendon; that or tendon. That
8. Odysseus; he or Odysseus. He
9. man; for or man. For or man; for
10. home; they or home. They or home, and
11. trick; inside or trick. Inside
12. horse; the or horse. The
13. home; a or home. A
14. long; it or long. It
16. Odysseus; she or Odysseus. She or and she
17. wisdom; the or wisdom. The
18. gorgon; her or gorgon. Her
19. stone; what or stone. What