Is this a run on sentence and if it is how can i break it apart. In my eyes the first-past-the-post is a system in which people get a strong and determined government that does not flinch an inch...

Is this a run on sentence and if it is how can i break it apart.

In my eyes the first-past-the-post is a system in which people get a strong and determined government that does not flinch an inch when it comes to making difficult decisions for the good of people.

 

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amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

No, this is not a run-on sentence.  It does, however, have many phrases which are confusing upon first glance.  The subject is "first-past-the-post" (which I confess, I have no clue what that means).  The verb is "is".  "In my eyes" is an introductory phrase; "system" is the complement, "is" being a linking verb.  The phrase "in which people get a strong and determined government" is a prepositional phrase acting as an adjective telling us more about "system".  The phrase "that does not flinch an inch" tells us more about "system".  The sentence finishes up with the dependent clause "when it comes to making difficult decisions for the good of the people."

In order to have a run-on sentence, you must have two or more complete sentences (or clauses) which are joined together with no punctuation.  There are three ways to correct them.  Find the subject, verb, and complete thought in the first sentence and end it with end punctuation (a period, or other suitable punctuation such as !, ?).  Or, you could add a comma and a conjunction to properly connect the two complete sentences.  If the two sentences are related in subject matter, then you can also connect them with a semi-colon (;).

Hope this helps!