Run on sentence

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.
Also called fused sentence.
Compare comma fault.


Origin:
1910–15

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run-on sentence definition


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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