How To: Fix Run-On Sentences

Run-on sentences are two complete sentences fused into one without using coordination conjunctions or proper punctuation. They can be short or long; a long sentence doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a run-on sentence.

Here are three examples of a run-on sentence:

  1. She decided to have dinner with Min however it was cancelled last minute.
  2. She prefers roses to tulips John didn’t know that.
  3. He loved playing games she did too.

Run-on sentences are tedious to read; the reader doesn’t know when or where to stop to absorb what they read. Additionally, your ideas can easily get lost in the flow of information.

Here are the corrected examples of the run-on sentences above:

  1. She decided to have dinner with Min; however, it was cancelled last minute.
  2. She prefers roses to tulips, but John didn’t know that.
  3. He loved playing games. She did too.

Based on the corrections, did you already catch how they can be corrected?

How To Correct Run-On Sentences

The best way to avoid run-on sentences is to see if there are multiple ideas communicated by two or more complete sentences.

Referring to the first example above, “Dinner with Min” and “cancelled last minute” are two ideas. Therefore, you can separate them using a period or with the proper conjunction and punctuation.

However, be careful of punctuation. By placing a comma between two complete sentences doesn’t eliminate the run-on sentence problem. Refer to the example below:

The concert has started, we should hurry inside.

The above example is still a run-on sentence. This kind of run-on sentence is a comma splice. Comma splices can be fixed with the same solutions as normal run-on sentences.

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The Approach To Improving Oral And Written English

There’s a common myth once you master speaking a second language, you’ll be unstoppable at writing too. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Oral and written English have distinct differences.
Speaking is the basic skill all second language learners want to acquire since it’s the most common form of communication. Writing, on the other hand, is a skill commonly practiced for exams rather than interest for second language learners. So, how do you begin to approach these skills and improve them?
 

Differences Between Oral And Written English

Before we examine the approach to improving spoken and written English, it’s important to know the differences between these two skills.
Oral and written English
Oral and Written English
oral English
oral English
oral English
These skills are only a few of the many differences between oral and written English. So, how do these distinctions–no matter how subtle–will help you improve either skill?
 

Improving In Oral And Writing

These highlighted differences between oral and written English will help you get a better idea of what you should focus on. For example, knowing that written English requires a broader range of vocabulary, you can start learning a word and three synonyms each day.
 
Tip: The U-Dictionary App provides synonyms for each text translation.
 
For spoken English, you can focus on the emphasis of high and low tones. A good method of practicing this is watching movies. Depending on the situation, take a closer look at how the actors emphasize certain words and how their attitude changes.
Speaking English is also very fluid compared to writing. Everyone has a different way of talking while writing often has strict “rules” to adhere to.
Both skills require diligence in achieving fluency. Before approaching any of these skills, we recommend you to understand the type of learner you are.
Everyone learns differently. By understanding which learning style suits you best, you’ll learn much faster than sticking with popular or traditional methods.

How to Improve Your Spelling

How To Improve Your Spelling

Spelling mistakes can be hilarious or fatal. Autocorrect is an amusing way most people get a kick out of their friends or family members’ spelling mistakes. But, when mistakes appear on a CV, it’ll damage your credibility. With these spelling tips, you’ll become a better speller and learn to look out for common spelling mistakes.

Why are some words more misspelled than others? It’s because people spell words based on their sounds. For example, the most common misspelling of ‘basically’ is ‘basicly.’ And ‘appearance’ as ‘appearence.’

Tip: The U-Dictionary APP provides daily spelling quizzes to improve your spelling.

Phonetic Spelling Strategy

The first spelling tip we have for you is the phonetic spelling strategy. It’s the most common method for beginner spellers. The strategy is to focus on each word and represent the sound with a letter or combination of letters.

For example, if you can identify the sounds for “hello,” you will be able to spell the word easily. Hundreds of English words can be spelt correctly using the phonetic spelling strategy.

By choosing between an American or British accent, you can familiarize yourself with how words are pronounced.

Knowing Spelling Rules

You may have heard the spelling rule ‘i before e except after c.’ It’s catchy and easy to remember. As a basic rule, it’s great. But, there are exceptions such as leisure and neighbour. Knowing spelling rules and their exceptions are tricks on how you can avoid their common misspellings.

Another spelling rule is the suffix “–ful.” Words ending in this suffix are always spelt with one “l”. Here are a few examples:

Grateful
Careful
Useful
Helpful

However, when we add “–ly” to words ending with the “–ful” suffix, it’s a double “l.” Here are a few examples.

Gratefully
Carefully
Usefully
Helpfully

There are lots of spelling rules in English. There are also exceptions to each rule. A trick is to come up with an easier way to remember them. Try making your own rules or jot down the ones you often forget.

Visual Spelling Strategy

The last of our spelling tips is the visual spelling strategy. As your spelling improves, you’ll subconsciously develop an eye for spelling mistakes. A helpful visual strategy is to look for patterns. For example, look at the following words: gate, bate, blate, date, and fate. They not only end in “ate”, but also sound extremely similar.

By looking for patterns, you’ll not only be helping your spelling skills but also your pronunciation. By seeing the common misspellings of English words in our spelling quiz, you’ll know what to watch out for.