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Sentence and Sensibility 133 A run-on sentence is two incorrectly joined independent clauses. A comma splice is a run-on with a comma where the two sentences run together. · Separate the run-on into two sentences with end punctuation such as periods, exclamation marks, and question marks. · Godzilla wants to sleep. He is exhausted from destroying Tokyo. · Add a coordinating conjunction ( and, nor, but, or, for, yet, or so ) to create a compound sentence. · Godzilla wants to sleep , for he is exhausted from destroying Tokyo. · Add a subordinating conjunction to create a complex sentence. · Godzilla wants to sleep , because he is exhausted from destroying Tokyo. · Use a semicolon to create a compound sentence. · Godzilla wants to sleep; he is exhausted from destroying Tokyo. Quoth the Maven Be sure to use a comma before the coordinating conjunction in a compound sentence, unless the two inde- pendent clauses are very short. More on this in Chapter 16. Seventh-Inning Stretch Take a few minutes to fix the fragments and run-ons in these two anecdotes. 1. In the late 1900s, the man who was shot out of the cannon every day. At the Barnum and Bailey Circus decided to quit his wife had asked him to find a less risky way of making a living P. T. Barnum hated to lose a good man. So he sent him a message, "I beg you to reconsider --men of your caliber are hard to find." In 1946, Winston Churchill traveled to Fulton, Missouri, to deliver a speech. Which turned out to be his famous Iron Curtain address. And to be present at the dedication of a bust in his honor. After his speech, a rather attractive and ample woman approached the wartime prime minister of England and said, "Mr. Churchill, I traveled more than a hundred miles this morning. For the unveiling of your bust." Churchill, who was known far and wide for his quick wit, replied, "Madam, I assure you, in that regard I would gladly return the favor." 2. Answers Possible responses: 1. In the late 1900s, the man who was shot out of the cannon every day at the Barnum and Bailey Circus decided to quit because his wife had asked him to find a less risky way of making a living. P. T. Barnum hated to lose a good man, so he sent him a message, "I beg you to reconsider--men of your caliber are hard to find." In 1946, Winston Churchill traveled to Fulton, Missouri, to deliver a speech, which turned out to be his famous Iron Curtain address, and to be present at the dedication of a bust in his honor. After his speech, a rather attractive and ample woman approached the wartime prime minister of England and said, "Mr. Churchill, I traveled more than a hundred miles this morning for the unveiling of your bust." Churchill, who was known far and wide for his quick wit, replied, "Madam, I assure you, in that regard I would gladly return the favor." 2.