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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!


Synecdoche is a part of speech that is used to represent a part for the whole or the whole for a part. For example, the term ABC’s is used to represent the entire alphabet.

Synecdoche in history: In Booker T. Washington’s Atlanta Compromise Speech he says, “the masses of us are to live by the productions of our hands.” Washington is referring to hands as the manual labor performed by slaves in the late 1800’s.

Synecdoche in literature: In William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”, Mark Antony says, “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears.” Shakespeare uses ears here to represent the Romans and specifically their attention.

Synecdoche in general: “Hey John, I just bought a new set of wheels!” In this sentence a part of a car, the wheels, is referring to the whole car.