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Run-on Sentence

A run-on sentence is a common error caused by merging two sentences without suitable punctuation. When a comma is used incorrectly between the two sentences, the error is known as a "comma fault".  This is extremely common with "however".

Example:

Lee had all the best tackle, however, he failed to catch a single fish.
(This should either be two sentences, or the first comma should be replaced with a semicolon.)
Remember, a sentence is a group of grammatically complete words that expresses a complete thought.  A sentence must contain a subject and a verb (even if one or the other is implied). Once you have written a sentence, you cannot put a comma and carry on writing.

I love angel cake, it is my favourite.
 
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