Topics: Sentence, Dependent clause, Punctuation Pages: 3 (620 words) Published: October 4, 2012
10. People already believed the precious metals to be divine so their use in money intensified its allure. This sentence is correct
divine, so
divine; so
divine their
Although we have connected these two independent clauses with a little conjunction ('so'), we also need a comma to separate these clauses. We never use a semicolon and a little conjunction to connect independent clauses.

4. Marcellino always knew his way around the woods this is something he could always depend on. This sentence is correct
woods; this
woods, this
woods: this
These clauses are clearly related; the pronoun 'this' connects the two clauses in meaning. However, they are both independent clauses and need to be connected with a comma + a little conjunction or they should be separated with a semicolon. 3. The show begins at 7:30 make sure you're there before 7:15. This sentence is correct

7:30, make
7:30. Make
7:30; Make
Our second sentence is a directive based on what was said in the first sentence. Although the clauses are closely related, they still must be treated as independent clauses. We could connect them with a comma + so, or we can leave them as two separate sentences. 5. Having prepared himself well for the realtor exams and having exhausted everyone in the family with his requests that someone help him with the true-and-false drills, Jeffrey, who had never been a particularly good student in high school, knew he was ready to take on the greatest challenge of his life. This sentence is correct

drills; Jeffrey
Jeffrey who had never been a particularly good student in high school knew drills: Jeffrey
There is nothing wrong with that sentence as it is written. Remember that length has nothing to do with whether a sentence is a run-on or not.

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