The modern English sentence has an average of 176 words per sentence From 1978

The modern english sentence has an average of 176

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The modern English sentence has an average of 17.6 words per sentence . (From 1978 study by Swedish researcher Alvar Ellegard of 1 million words corpus of 20th century American English writing called the Brown Corpus collected by Brown University in 1964) From The Principles of readability by William DuBay: In our time, the average is down to 20 words per sentence . " ... the average sentence length for Harry Potter author JK Rowling, who can be considered representative of a modern English writer with a general audience, is 12 words ... " THE MODERN ENGLISH
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Simpler construction is preferred than using too many words to express an idea. AVOID WORDY EXPRESSIONS Wordy The cars were brought for the purpose of starting a taxi business. Concise The cars were bought to start a taxi business. Wordy The brothers succeeded in baking two huge ice-cream cakes. Concise The brothers baked two huge ice-cream cakes.
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WORDY CONCISE answered in the affirmative said yes at all times always in a manner similar to like in the absence of without in the near future soon in view of the fact that because with the exception of except there can be no doubt that doubtless with reference to/with regard to about SOME WORDY & CONCISE WORDS
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This means do not expand or restate the obvious. It bores the reader. Wordy: Annie s two sons, Kenneth and Julio play judo. Concise: Annie s sons, Kenneth and Julio play judo . Wordy: Needless to say , you are your mother s favorite. Concise: You are your mother s favorite . Wordy: A baby girl was born to Sps. Reyes. Concise: A girl was born to Sps. Reyes . AVOID ELABORATING ON THE OBVIOUS
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Omit unnecessary preliminaries . Wordy: We are very proud and happy to announce that our office won the golf championship this year. Concise: Our office won the golf championship this year . Wordy: There is no doubt that some people will disagree with me, but in my opinion, I firmly believe that teachers should not anymore run as board members of the PTA. Concise: I believe that teachers should not anymore run as board members of the PTA . GET TO THE POINT
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This means doing away with unnecessary repetition of an idea in a different word. AVOID TAUTOLOGY Wordy The guest stood up during the flag ceremony. Concise The guest stood during the flag ceremony. Wordy The girl voiced out her opinion. Concise The girl voiced her opinion. Wordy Concise fatal death death first and foremost First requirements needed for requirements for Wordy Concise actually happened happened before in the past before invited guest guest
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Wordy sentences may be made shorter by eliminating there , that , which , who is , as to , it or one . Wordy: There were eight members of the faculty who attended the meeting. Concise: Eight faculty members attended the meeting. Wordy: This is a topic that interests me. Concise: This topic interests me. Wordy: He is a man who does not like litigation.
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