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    run ons

    My students in ninth grade tend to write three simple sentences in a row. In essays on the play Antigone, they might write: Creon defied the god, he forbade Antigone from burying her brother and she was sentenced to death. i mark this wrong as run on sentences. Am I correct?

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    #2

    Re: run ons

    I say no because the connection is clear.

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    Re: run ons

    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer Nevsky View Post
    My students in ninth grade tend to write three simple sentences in a row. In essays on the play Antigone, they might write: Creon defied the gods, he forbade Antigone from burying her brother and she was sentenced to death. I mark this wrong as a run on sentence. Am I correct?
    Creon defied the god, he forbade Antigone from burying her brother and she was sentenced to death. This is OK as a sentence. You could make two sentences, "Creon defied the god. He forbade Antigone..." but to me it would be more stilted.
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    Re: run ons

    I don't understand. Do you think it is a run on?

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    Re: run ons

    I think it is a run on. I absolutely think so. But so many students do it, I have become unsure. I am not asking for help in doing my work. I am trying to clarify my own knowledge of grammar. Perhaps I should not have asked the question as a teacher. I have marked it a run on for my work, but I am asking if I am right.

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    Re: run ons

    It would be a run-on if there were only two actions. As it is, they are linking three as items in a list of actions/events.


    I washed the dishes, I swept the floor, and I wiped down the counters. Not a run-on.
    I washed the dishes, I swept the floor. Run-on.

    (I use the serial/Oxford comma, but its omission doesn't change the main point.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: run ons

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer Nevsky View Post
    Creon defied the god, he forbade Antigone from burying her brother and she was sentenced to death.
    After reading the previous posts I am still in doubt about this point.
    I would agree with Barb_D that it is not a run on sentence if
    "Creon defied the god, forbade Antigone from burying her brother and she was sentenced to death."
    worked here. But it certainly does not. There is a lack of "parallelism" in such construction which tells me they are not simple items in a list of actions/events.

    I may change my opinion but, up to now, I tend to agree with JN that the original sentence is a run on.

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    Re: run ons

    And I take the opposite view.

    Two actions by one person, separated by only a comma, IS a run-on.

    A list of three independent clauses, each with their own subject and correct form of the verb, separated with a comma and then a conjunction is NOT a run-on.

    I washed the dishes, swept the floor, and he wiped down the counters is NOT okay.
    I washed the dishes, he swept the floor, and she wiped down the counters IS okay.
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    Re: run ons

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    And I take the opposite view.

    Two actions by one person, separated by only a comma, IS a run-on.

    A list of three independent clauses, each with their own subject and correct form of the verb, separated with a comma and then a conjunction is NOT a run-on.

    I washed the dishes, swept the floor, and he wiped down the counters is NOT okay.
    I washed the dishes, he swept the floor, and she wiped down the counters IS okay.
    OK Barb_D, you convinced me. I agree now. Thanks for the explanation.

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    Re: run ons

    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer Nevsky View Post
    I don't understand. Do you think it is a run on?
    No, I don't. As I said, I think that if you make two sentences of it, it's quite stilted.

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