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run on 1

1Continue without stopping; go on longer than is expected: the story ran on for months
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  • The stories run on almost interminably as Chandy Mathew tries to squeeze a moral out of seemingly ordinary situations.
  • Things ran on for about 18 months and I was then asked to go to Harley Street, in London, to see a surgeon appointed by the insurance company.
  • The Paris peace conference was a lengthy and complex process, running on for six months.
Synonyms
1.1Talk incessantly.
Example sentences
  • I must say, your mother does run on, doesn't she?
  • The reader will be relieved to know that I am not going to run on about the Norsemen, the Anglo-Normans and the Anglo-Saxons.
2 (also run upon) (Of a person’s mind or a discussion) be preoccupied or concerned with (a particular subject): my thoughts always ran too much on death
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  • My thoughts ran on that same thread throughout the night.
  • My thoughts ran too much on death.
3 Printing Continue on the same line as the preceding matter.
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  • I think you'll be pleased at the look of the poems - they're arranged so that none of the lines run on.
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run-on 2 Syllabification: run-on
Pronunciation: /ˈrənˌän/

adjective

1 [attributive] Denoting a line of verse in which a sentence is continued without a pause beyond the end of a line, couplet, or stanza.
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  • It is composed in five sweeping stanzaic movements, each taking the form of a sonnet, but with complex musical patterns of internal rhyme and run-on lines, culminating in a breathless series of cries or questions.
  • Hugo's rallying forces promulgated a new dramatic style capable of expressing not only the supple laws of nature through the run-on line, but above all the unruly spirit of Shakespeare through the alliance of tragic and comic genres.
  • If they venture rhyme, that most conspicuous auditory technique of verse, they often play it down as well by burying it in run-on lines or substituting slant and half-rhymes.
2(Of a sentence) containing two or more independent clauses that are not separated by a colon or semicolon: his sentences were often run-on or confused
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  • What bothers me most is abundant failures in sentence logic: awkward transitions, inappropriate conjunctions, run-on sentences, illogical juxtaposition of ideas, sentences compounded in ungrammatical ways.
  • Semicolons suddenly came into fashion where there had been only run-on sentences before.
  • Some essays are smooth and easy reading, while others, reflect a Germanic flavor with run-on sentences and numerous subordinate clauses.

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