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    Run-on?

    Is the second sentence a run-on? The one that starts with "It's not that getting..."

    The gap between those two things is the hard part. It’s not that getting a million people to pay for the newspaper isn’t remarkable, it’s that even one of the most successful paywalls in the history of print media is still barely making up for the decline in print advertising revenue.
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    Re: Run-on?

    No. It would be a run-on if it followed a comma rather than the correct full stop (period).

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    Re: Run-on?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    No. It would be a run-on if it followed a comma rather than the correct full stop (period).
    The sentence I'm referring to is this one:

    Itís not that getting a million people to pay for the newspaper isnít remarkable, itís that even one of the most successful paywalls in the history of print media is still barely making up for the decline in print advertising revenue.

    See the comma after the word "remarkable."

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    Re: Run-on?

    I consider it a comma splice, a run-on sentence, but I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: Run-on?

    Technically, I consider it to be a type of run-on sentence (comma splice). However, because the second clause is direct result of the first clause, this one doesn't bother me much.

    It's not that XXXX, it's that YYYY.

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    #6

    Re: Run-on?

    Why not replace the second 'it's' with 'but'?

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    Re: Run-on?

    Parallel structure.

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    Re: Run-on?

    You could, but it's fine as is.

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