Jared behaved like a person permanently on stage, he was always speaking in a dramatic voice and looking around to see who was listening.

A. he was always speaking
B. always he would speak
C. and he always spoke
D. always having spoken
E. always speaking

Why is A wrong? Why is E correct? What is the rule? Isn’t “always speaking” a run on?

A is a run-on–it has two complete thought separated by only a comma. E is good because with E, the part after the comma is not a complete thought, so no run-on. For more on run-ons, read this.

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