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Run-On Sentences

Run-on sentences occur when writers try to combine more than one idea into a single sentence. They cause confusion because readers are not sure when one idea ends and the next one begins. Read our entry and test your knowledge with our quiz!



Litotes

Litotes is deliberate positive exaggeration to show something negative about the subject.  

Litotes in general: “She’s not the brightest crayon in the box.” Here, the speaker says that she is “not the brightest” to show just how unintelligent she is. 

Litotes in popular culture: "Are you also aware, Mrs. Bueller, that Ferris does not have what we consider to be an exemplary attendance record?" This quote from the film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off uses the phrase “exemplary attendance record” to show that Ferris in fact has a bad attendance record. 

Litotes in literature: “It isn’t very serious. I have this tiny little tumor on the brain.” This is a quote from the novel The Catcher in the Rye. The speaker says that his tumor is tiny to exaggerate just how significant it is.