run-on sentence


noun

a written sequence of two or more main clauses that are not separated by a period or semicolon or joined by a conjunction.

Nearby words

  1. run-in,
  2. run-of-paper,
  3. run-of-the-mill,
  4. run-of-the-mine,
  5. run-on,
  6. run-out,
  7. run-through,
  8. run-up,
  9. runabout,
  10. runagate

Compare comma fault.

Origin of run-on sentence

First recorded in 1910–15

Also called fused sentence.

fused sentence

noun

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Culture definitions for fused sentence

run-on sentence

A grammatically faulty sentence in which two or more main or independent clauses are joined without a word to connect them or a punctuation mark to separate them: “The fog was thick he could not find his way home.” The error can be corrected by adding a conjunction with a comma (“The fog was thick, and he could not find his way home”) or by separating the two clauses with a semicolon (“The fog was thick; he could not find his way home”).

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