Tuesday, May 3, 2011

R: Run-On Sentence

Often encountered while grading student assignments, the run-on sentence is a construct in which a series of thoughts, actions, or expressions are combined into a single mental breath which extends beyond the normal confines of an old-school sentence voyaging into the realm of new-age writing, similar in many ways to the difference between old-school math and new-age math, but never coming to a meaningful point or conclusion, instead deciding to carry on (not "carrying on" like at a party) endlessly, often being repetitive in that new new-age sense, and ultimately leaving the reader turned around, amused, confused, and abused.

Example: Todd kicked the ball.

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