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    Run on sentence?

    Dear all,

    I came up with the following sentence:

    "There is no particular virtue in piling up in your head words that you are never going to need to use"


    I feel that the word "words" after "head" was placed without any proper conjunction. Please explain how the word "words" can be placed, grammatically, after "head" in this sentence?

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    Kiran

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    Re: Run on sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    Dear all,

    I came up with the following sentence:

    "There is no particular virtue in piling up in your head words that you are never going to need to use"


    I feel that the word "words" after "head" was placed without any proper conjunction. Please explain how the word "words" can be placed, grammatically, after "head" in this sentence?

    Thanks,
    Kiran
    You could have written:
    "There is no particular virtue in piling up words in your head that you are never going to need to use". (Some people might object to this on the grounds of ambiguity - that you are not going to use your head. But we can ignore that for now).

    "words" is the direct object of "piling up". "in your head" is a prepositional phrase. In this case, the prepositional phrase can go before or after the noun "words".

    Consider the following correct similar sentences:
    "Don't keep in your desk books that you aren't going to use"
    "Don't keep in your head words that you will never use"
    "Why do you store in the garage things you should throw out?"

    This is normal.

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    Re: Run on sentence?

    "There is no particular virtue in piling up in your head, words, that you are never going to need to use"


    P.S. : I am not a teacher of English, just someone who loves the language.

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    Re: Run on sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by SUDHKAMP View Post
    "There is no particular virtue in piling up in your head, words, that you are never going to need to use"


    P.S. : I am not a teacher of English, just someone who loves the language.
    Hi SUDHKAMP,
    You don't come out of the playground threads very often!

    Unfortunately I don't think your solution works. You can't parenthesise "words" like this. Besides, it's not necessary. The original sentence is correct as it is.

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    Re: Run on sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Hi SUDHKAMP,
    You don't come out of the playground threads very often!

    Unfortunately I don't think your solution works. You can't parenthesise "words" like this. Besides, it's not necessary. The original sentence is correct as it is.
    Am I a spoilsport, Ray?

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    Re: Run on sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by SUDHKAMP View Post
    Am I a spoilsport, Ray?
    No, not at all. I think you should participate more often in the serious threads if you have something to say.

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    Thanks Raymott. It is good to know such a basic nuance of English grammar:)

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    Re: Run on sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    No, not at all. I think you should participate more often in the serious threads if you have something to say.
    Then the secret would be out!!!

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    Re: Run on sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    No, not at all. I think you should participate more often in the serious threads if you have something to say.
    I agree with Raymott. Sudh should give Raymott another hand on correcting my English.

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    Re: Run on sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by supada View Post
    I agree with Raymott. Sudh should give Raymott another hand on correcting my English.
    Then his job would be doubled.

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