I have a question.
My professor said that the sentence "That was her on the phone a while ago" is grammatically wrong and that "her" should be replaced with "she" which is in the nominative case. Well, never in my life have I read or heard such a sentence as "That was she on the phone." Why is that so?
You could avoid the whole thing by saying, "she was on the phone a while ago." In whatever context it would be used in conversation, e.g.
: "where is Sandra?" "She was on the phone a while ago," the context is completely implied and you can avoid using the "that was..." portion. Or even use "that earlier phone call was Sandra,"/"that phone call earlier was Sandra."
Actually I don't believe the above is a run-on sentence. Here is my example:
John loves rebecca he is madly in love.
It's missing the proper punctuation. There are two different ideas incorrectly combined.
The correct way to write this would be:
John loves Rebecca. He is madly in love.
It's usually best to break the sentences down into two simpler sentences. Sure it's really simple and basic, but it's also the proper way to do it.
While it is made of different ideas, they are related and can stay as a single sentence. I make mistakes in proper English sometimes, as I had trouble memorizing grammar in school, but I am a native speaker. There are a few ways that you could use the run-on example in conversation, whether or not it's perfectly correct. (Sorry! I think these are correct, though! lol)
As stated previously, "John loves Rebecca. He is madly in love."
You could also use:
- John loves Rebecca; he is madly in love.
- John loves Rebecca... he is madly in love.
- John loves Rebecca, he is madly in love.
- I'm a huge fan of semi-colons, and feel they do not get enough love!
- I am also a huge fan of ellipsis. However, most people use them incorrectly. An ellipsis has only three periods in it, and a fourth is uses to end a sentence. Examples: "blah blah blah...." blah blah blah...? "blah blah blah...!"
- The comma might not be completely correct, but most native English speakers would not even notice. I am questioning it, but I'm not entirely sure.
While I'm on about ellipsis, I highly suggest reading the link I made to it
. They have so many uses!