IELTS Writing: Run-Ons & Comma Splices (Quick Read & Video)

Learning about different types of sentence fragments, especially for IELTS, is extremely important.  I will go over incomplete sentences and other variations soon, but I want to help you on avoiding run-on and comma splices, two mistakes that occur in the writing task II.

So, a run-on happens when you join two simple sentences without a comma and without a connecting word.  On the other hand, a comma splice error happens when you join two simple sentences with a comma alone.

Run-On: Women like to shop quickly men like to take their time.

Comma Splice: Women like to shop quickly, men like to take their time.

Correcting Run-Ons & Comma Splices

There are some easy ways to correct these.

  1. Join the two sentences with a comma and a coordinating conjunction like and, but, or so.
  2. Make two sentences.
  3. Add a connector and a comma.

Corrections

Women like to shop quickly, but men like to take their time.

Women like to shop quickly.  Men like to take their time.

Women like to shop quickly.  However, men like to take their time.

You can even add a semicolon to join it all together.

Men like to shop quickly; however, women like to take their time. 

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