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Section 6.6

Fused Sentences

Do not allow two independent clauses to run togetherwithout a conjunction or punctuation between them. This error produces a fusedsentence. To join two main clauses, follow the options listed under comma splice.


Unacceptable

A remote control for a car alarm works better held up at arm's length thanat waist level but works best when held under the chin physicists suggest thatthe body may be acting as an extension of the antenna.

Acceptable

A remote control for a car alarm works better held up at arm's length thanat waist level but works best when held under the chin;physicists suggest that the body may be acting as an extension of theantenna.

Acceptable

A remote control for a car alarm works better held up at arm's length thanat waist level but works best when held under the chin. Physicists suggest that the body may be acting as an extension of theantenna.

--"Newscripts," Chemical & Engineering News (modified)

Unacceptable

Lenticular clouds frequently form one above the other like a stack ofpancakes at a distance they may resemble a fleet of hovering spacecraft.

Acceptable

Lenticular clouds frequently form one above the other like a stack ofpancakes; at a distance they may resemble a fleet of hovering spacecraft.

Acceptable

Lenticular clouds frequently form one above the other like a stack ofpancakes. At a distance they may resemble a fleet of hovering spacecraft.

Acceptable

Lenticular clouds frequently form one above the other like a stack ofpancakes, and at a distance they may resemble a fleet of hoveringspacecraft.

--C. Donald Ahrens, Meteorology Today (modified)


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