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One of my better English teacher taught me that varying sentence size and structure made for better reading. You shouldn’t have to many long sentences, nor to many short ones. Mark Nichol at Daily Writing Tips shows us how to fold sentences into a more concise form.

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5 Ways to Combine Sentences

How sentences join together....

How sentences join together….

By Mark Nichol

Writers and editors should be alert to opportunities to improve the flow of content by combining consecutive truncated sentences that refer to a single topic. Here are five approaches to folding one one sentence into a preceding related statement.

1. A gray Cadillac hearse pulled into the ranch Saturday afternoon and left about 5 p.m. The hearse came from the Alpine Memorial Funeral Home.

Often, as here, additional information about something introduced in one sentence is relegated to a subsequent sentence when it could easily be integrated as a modifying phrase into the first sentence: “A gray Cadillac hearse from the Alpine Memorial Funeral Home pulled into the ranch Saturday afternoon and left about 5 p.m.”

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