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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!


In a work of narrative, the setting is the location, date, and time in which a story takes place. Setting helps to initiate the main backdrop and setting for the story. Setting can apply to a culture, historical period, geographic location, or date. Setting is considered one of the fundamental components of fiction.

Setting in popular culture: The film The Dark Knight’s setting is a present day Gotham City. Gotham city’s dark and depressing atmosphere set the stage for the story in the Dark Knight. It is also set in a modern day city similar to New York City.

Setting in literature: In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, the narrative occurs in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama in the mid-1930’s. This provides a backdrop for the events of the story to occur.

Setting in general: The setting of the 2012 Summer Olympics was London, England. London hosted the Olympics and provided the geographic and cultural background for the games.