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Try reading the following sentence out loud:
The two old men go to the park every day in any weather they have even been seen sitting on their usual bench in a snowstorm.
It is difficult know where to take a breath, because one idea runs right into another. This is a run-on sentence.

A run-on sentence (also called a fused sentence) occurs when two independent clauses have no punctuation to divide them and no conjunction to connect them.

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