run-on sentence

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So called because the sentence runs on beyond the point where it should end.


run-on sentence (plural run-on sentences)

  1. Any very long, often also in other ways badly formed or even chaotic sentence.
  2. (grammar) A fused sentence, considered ungrammatical because it combines two (or more) independent clauses written as a single sentence, often with only a comma as separator (comma splice), which should be rendered either as separate sentences or as clauses joined more appropriately (such as by a semicolon or by a comma and coordinating conjunction).