Which of the following is a run-on?A) Sara's parents tell her that they never worried about her like they did with Caroline, but Sara wants someone to feel concern for her. B) Sara makes friends...

Which of the following is a run-on?

A) Sara's parents tell her that they never worried about her like they did with Caroline, but Sara wants someone to feel concern for her.

B) Sara makes friends with a sea captain, he supports Caroline's decisions about going to music school, Sara feels betrayed.

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Lorraine Caplan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As I learned grammar, neither one of these sentences would be called a run-on sentence. The second sentence is one I refer to as a comma splice, which is an attempt to glue two sentences together with a comma.  A comma alone is glue that cannot make two statements stick together.  You can use a comma and a conjunction, a semi-colon, or begin a new sentence to fix a comma splice.  Here are some examples for you:

I love to bake, apple pie is my specialty.  (comma splice)

To fix the comma splice:

I love to bake, and apple pie is my specialty.

I love to bake; apple pie is my specialty.

I love to bake.  Apple pie is my specialty.

You might want to check with your teacher to clarify what he or she considers a run-on or a comma splice.  It is clear that different teachers can have different ideas about this.

Good luck to you! 

lhc eNotes educator| Certified Educator

B is a run-on because it is constructed of 3 independent clauses (sentences) connected with commas but no conjunctions.  To connect these without conjunctions would require the use of a semi-colon. 

davidgeorge | Student

thats obvious its B). it just runs on first about sea captain, then music school then about betrayal.no commas

marlon0607 | Student

It is definetly letter B.

mrsf | Student

Letter B. Instead of commas, three periods could be used because they are all sentences.