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    Fragment. Run-on, Complete sentence

    I'm studying on English grammar. My question is about Fragment, Run-on or comma splice, and complete sentence.
    Can you tel me that, in the below questions, are my answers correct?
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    1- She answered the phone, making note of the call (Run-on).
    2- Although it saved much office space when it was desperately needed (Fragment).
    3- The hiring is up to the manager who received reports from supervisors (Complete)

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    Re: Fragment. Run-on, Complete sentence

    1. is a correct sentence. You are correct about 2 and 3.
    "She answered the phone, she made note of the call" is a run-on sentence.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Run-on_sentence
    Last edited by Raymott; 27-Jun-2015 at 15:17. Reason: Fix my run-on sentence.

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    Re: Fragment. Run-on, Complete sentence

    For #1, a run-on sentence would be: She answered the phone, she was making note of the call. All of your sentences should end with a punctuation mark.

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    Re: Fragment. Run-on, Complete sentence

    I think #1 is OK because 'making note of the call' is a participle phrase modifying 'she', but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Fragment. Run-on, Complete sentence

    I agree.

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    Re: Fragment. Run-on, Complete sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "She answered the phone, made note of the call" is a run-on sentence.
    I doubt it is a run-on sentence because 'made note of the call' is not a clause, but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Fragment. Run-on, Complete sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I doubt it is a run-on sentence because 'made note of the call' is not a clause, but I am not a teacher.
    Yes, you're right. I've edited my post #2 to make it correct.
    Last edited by Raymott; 27-Jun-2015 at 15:18.

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    Re: Fragment. Run-on, Complete sentence

    Is there some bright line distinction between a "run-on sentence" and a "comma splice"?

    What you identified as an example of a run-on sentence I would have called a comma splice.
    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: Fragment. Run-on, Complete sentence

    A comma splice is a type of run-on sentence.

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    Re: Fragment. Run-on, Complete sentence

    Would you mind giving an example run-on sentence that is not a comma splice?

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