Friday, 26 September 2014

Run-on sentences

The following article was written by Martin Cutts, the research director of Plain Language Commission (, and it appeared in their newsletter, Pikestaff. You can download their newsletters and free guides about plain language -- all in pdf format -- from this page:

An error common in business English – but rare in professionally edited work – is the run-on sentence or comma splice, where a comma is placed between two statements that should stand alone as complete sentences. Here’s a typical example in a marketing leaflet: