Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today you’ll learn how to prevent run-on sentences, control clauses, and increase grammar scores.

Recently, a teacher commented on one of the videos on our YouTube channel:

“Sometimes students write very long sentences that zig, zag and zoom so much that they become run-on sentences.”

Yes! This happens all the time.

Candidates desiring high grammar scores often try to write really long sentences. The longer they are, the more mistakes they have.

You don’t need lots of super long sentences to get high grammar scores!



In order to get a 7, you need a mix of simple, compound, and some complex sentences.

Many of your sentences have to be perfect.

For an 8, you should include a few more complex structures, and a majority of the sentences must have no errors.

This variety of sentence structures can be fulfilled by having two clauses in the complex sentences.

You don’t need more than that.


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Follow these tips to gain control over your sentences:

1. When you join two independent clauses, you cannot just use a comma.

That’s a comma splice.

You have to use a comma and a conjunction.

2. When you add a clause, make sure it is one that you know the rules for, such as relative clauses or conditionals.

3. Start by limiting yourself to only two clauses per complex sentence.

4. When you are confident in those, you can try adding a third clause to a couple sentences.

Remember that it is more important to have fewer mistakes than it is to have long sentences.

Really long sentences confuse the reader, distort your message, and lead to more mistakes.

What do you think of today’s advice?

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