Run-on sentences

Within a sentence, separate clauses either with a semicolon or with a comma plus a conjunction.

A run-on sentence occurs when clauses are strung together using commas (or even without commas). Any time you have two clauses within the same sentence, you must separate them with a semicolon (;) or a conjunction followed by a comma (, and).

No: The question is not an easy one, I see it as something we must all decide for ourselves.

Yes: The question is not an easy one; I see it as something we must all decide for ourselves.

No: Prices go up, people can not afford as many things.

Yes: Prices go up, and people can not afford as many things.

No: Why is it that this language has had such an impact, it’s not even the largest language in the world and should we just let it take over?

Yes: Why is it that this language has had such an impact? It’s not even the most widely-spoken language in the world; should we just let it take over?

The semicolon is not used very often in Swedish, but it is quite common in English, so don’t be afraid to use it, provided that there is a direct logical connection between the clauses.

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