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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!



Supporting Evidence

In formal writing, it is important to present evidence thoroughly.  The steps below should be used whenever including specific evidence in support of a point:

1. Introduce the context of your quote or evidence

 Example: HIV/AIDS is a significant problem all over the world.

2. Present your quote or evidence

Example: It is estimated that over 1 million people suffer from HIV or AIDS in the United States (NIDA).

3. Analyze the significance of your quote or evidence

Example: This is a staggering number considering the amount of money and resources the US uses to promote awareness and prevention of the disease.

Here, we first introduced the idea that HIV/AIDS is a global problem. We followed that with a quote illustrating that problem, and lastly analyzed and explained why the quote is important.

 

Never cite a source or use a quote without introducing its context and analyzing its significance.