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December 21, 2006

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Tim J.

I love the run-on sentence for an opening paragraph.

I'm not all that familiar with Faulkner.

I have a good deal more exposure to the Stooges.

Monica

If you want more exposure As I Lay Dying is a good place to start. I love when the old lady is dying listening to the men build her coffin because they have to get her in it and across the creek before it floods. "I made it on the bevel..."

Mary

that's not a run-on sentence.

True, it might be a trifle difficult, diagramming it, but it has all the punctuation and conjunctions necessary.

Barbara

His favorite TV show toward the end of his life, apparently, was Car 54 Where Are You?

And for a bit of trivia: What two actors from that show were later reteamed for yet another half-hour comedy?

Barbara

it might be a trifle difficult diagramming it

shhh....young people today probably don't know what that is. ;)

bill912

Barbara, that would be Fred Gwynne and Al Lewis, who later played Herman and Grandpa Munster.

Tim J.

"that's not a run-on sentence.

True, it might be a trifle difficult, diagramming it, but it has all the punctuation and conjunctions necessary."

Techically, yes, but it's just unwieldy. I know my old english professor would have made ME go back and re-work it.

The diagram for that sentence would look like Oppenheimer's plans for Fat Man.

Dr. Eric

One of my friends in college used an actual Faulkener sentence in a paper, which then was marked on the paper as a run on sentence. This was to prove that the Professor's favorite author, Faulkner, wasn't all that great and wrote many "run on sentences." At least that's what he told me.

Neal

Arrrgh! Flashbacks to high school English!

Mary

Calling a sentence "run-on" because it is long and convoluted and ought to be rewritten as several is an abuse of the English language, since not every sentence that runs on and on and on is a run-on -- and a run-on does not have to run on and on and on. "He laughed he cried" is a run-on sentence.

Traveller

Don't glorify your neo-Confederate friends or justify that which should not be justified too much

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