Hi guys
I'm hoping someone can help me out. I'v a couple of sentences below which are incorret and I'm just not sure whether to insert colons, commas...
First sentence (what is inserted between Eurotunnel & it's?)

I recommend you travel to France via Eurotunnel it's so quick and easy.

Second sentence (between paper & but?)

The stationery cupboard was full with A4 paper but there were no envelopes.

Any help would be great, thanks!
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"I recommend you travel to France via Eurotunnel. It's so quick and easy."

"The stationery cupboard was full of A4 paper but there were no envelopes." (a comma after "paper" is optional in my opinion).
Mr Wordy's first example is the best--though a semicolon can be used.

I would use a comma in Mr Wordy's second example, because as it stands, it is a run-on.
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'I recommend you travel to France via Eurotunnel it's so quick and easy'.
BillJ there's no possibility at all of a run-on sentence here - that's because of the presence of the coordinating conjunction 'but'


That's what a run-on is. A comma splice is two main clauses joined by a comma:

It is hot, it is cold.

A run-on is two main clauses joined by a conjunction with no comma:

It was hot and it was cold.
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A run-on is two main clauses joined by a conjunction with no comma:

It was hot and it was cold.

If you're implying that a comma is mandatory in such cases, and that failing to use one is a mistake, then I'm afraid I disagree.
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If my learning is correct and intactl, what you described is a "compound" sentence.
I presume you know that and two complete sentence which are joined by either "and", "or" and "but" are componud sentence, just as in the "cupboard" one.
Here is extracted from:

http://www.englishpractice.com/grammar/conversion-compound-sentence-simple-sentence /

Compound: He ran away and thus escaped punishment.
For the first sentence, I agree with BillJ that a semicolon can be used to suggest that a reason as to why is to follow. Or use a period (full stop) to make the reason independent. But a comma, or without a proper punctuation would be considered wrong in my opinion.
Not a compound sentence--this one has one subject and two predicates.

Run on sentence has two subjects and two predicates--ie two main clauses.

BillJ, I'm just pretty much paraphrasing all the grammr websites I've read discussing this. I'm sure many do disagree and terms are perhaps distinguished differently by various authorities. I'm inclined to use the comma; it's less messy, but I'm not one to create rules or disagree with alternative rulings; I just follow what I've read from experts. I suspect you do much the same.
No, you are mistaken on the definition of a run-on sentence.

A run on is when you join two independent clauses without a conjunction.

When you use a conjunction, include but, and, or or, it's not a run on.

My style based on what I learned (and something I still pretty much slavishly follow) is that two independent clauses joined by a conjunction take a comma, but this is not universal, and with very short independent clauses, they are often omitted.
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