run-on sentence


Definition of run-on sentence

: a sentence containing two or more clauses not connected by the correct conjunction or punctuation

Examples of run-on sentence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In between, students laid out pages, rejiggered run-on sentences and tweaked photo captions. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "School’s closed, the year’s lost. But yearbook editors are not missing this deadline.," 3 Apr. 2020 The narrator lives in a country whose mythic propositions hang in the same limbo as her run-on sentence. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "Can One Sentence Capture All of Life?," 6 Sep. 2019 Lucy Ellmann’s eighth novel — 1,000 pages long and primarily composed of run-on sentences — is an experimental narrative that probes the anxieties of life in contemporary America. Annabel Gutterman, Time, "The 42 Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2019," 30 Aug. 2019 Great thickets of verbiage tumble forth as Virgil Abloh thinks out loud in long, run-on sentences—often doubling back to critique himself or to add further thoughts or rephrase. Jonathan Van Meter, Vogue, "“My Job Is To Be a Spirit Leader”: Behind the Scenes with Virgil Abloh," 14 May 2019 For those of us who make a habit of investing our allegiance in underdogs, then, the World Cup often reads like an interminable, run-on sentence of tragedy, loosely punctuated with eruptions of joy. Kanishk Tharoor, The Atlantic, "The Elusive Underdog Magic of the World Cup," 14 July 2018 Four paragraphs of run-on sentences are usually a clue. The Cut, "The Sober Gym Manager in an Unconventional Relationship," 17 June 2018 Each room has its own character, so the house isn't one continuous run-on sentence. Lisa Cregan, House Beautiful, "Gregory Shano on Decorating His Relaxed Long Island Retreat," 30 Mar. 2015

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1914, in the meaning defined above

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“Run-on sentence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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