run-on sentence

noun

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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 14 July 2018 Four paragraphs of run-on sentences are usually a clue. The Cut, 17 June 2018 Each room has its own character, so the house isn't one continuous run-on sentence. Lisa Cregan, House Beautiful, 30 Mar. 2015 See More

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First Known Use of run-on sentence

1914, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of run-on sentence was in 1914

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“Run-on sentence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/run-on%20sentence. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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