Avoiding Run-on Sentences

Be careful not to use run-on sentences in your reports. Omitting the period at the end of a sentence–or mistakenly thinking a comma will do the job–is a serious error.

Here’s a quick run-on sentence activity for you to try: Can you tell which examples are run-on sentences?

1.  After I called for a backup, Officer Bailey radioed me.

2.  The ambulance arrived, it was too late to save her.

3.  Chain of custody is an important criminal justice concept that you should know.

ANSWERS

1.  After I called for a backup, Officer Bailey radioed me.  CORRECT

2.  The ambulance arrived. It was too late to save her.  RUN-ON (Here’s a handy rule: If it starts with “it,” it’s a sentence.)

3.  Chain of custody is an important criminal justice concept that you should know.  CORRECT

 

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