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Fused Sentences


Independent clauses must be separated by proper punctuation, either through the use of a period, semi-colon, or, sometimes, a colon. Commas can be used to separate independent clauses only if they are used with a coordinating conjunction. Comma splices and fused sentences are different errors, but they produce the same grammatical problem of juxtaposing two independent clauses without proper punctuation between them.

Fused Sentences

A fused sentence, or a run-on sentence, occurs when two complete sentences are not separated by any punctuation.

Example:

Incorrect: Arco, Inc. failed to meet profit expectations last year its stock price fell dramatically.
• Correct: Arco, Inc. failed to meet profit expectations last year. Its stock price fell dramatically.


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