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Fused Sentences

A fused sentences is a type of mechanical error created by incorrectly joining independent clauses. (An independent clause is a group of words which contains a subject and verb, expresses a complete thought, and can be a sentence.)

A fused sentence is an error caused by running two independent clauses together with no separation at all. If we as writers don't show our readers where each sentence ends and a new one begins, the readers will become confused. We need to separate fused sentences so a paragraph is less confusing.

Five methods can be used to correct fused sentences:

  1. You can separate the clauses with a period.

  2. You can join the clauses with a semicolon.

  3. You can connect the clauses with a semicolon and a conjunctive adverb followed by a comma.

  4. You can connect the clauses with a comma and a coordinating conjunction.

  5. You can use a subordinator to make one clause dependent upon another.

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Last update: 11 November 2004

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