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Answer : Run-ons, Comma Splices, and Fused Sentences

The original sentences are in italics. Corrected sentences are in bold.

1. He enjoys walking through the country. He often goes backpacking on his vacations.

He enjoys walking through the country, and he often goes backpacking on his vacations.

2. He often watched TV when there were only reruns. She preferred to read instead.

He often watched TV when there were only reruns; she preferred to read instead.

-OR-

He often watched TV when there were only reruns; however, she preferred to read instead.

3. They weren't dangerous criminals they were detectives in disguise.

They weren't dangerous criminals; they were detectives in disguise.

4. I didn't know which job I wanted I was too confused to decide.

I didn't know which job I wanted, so I was too confused to decide.

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