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Sentences - How using short or longer sentences affects your work - Short sentences

These make work easy to read and understand. Tabloid newspapers use them. They tend to require a fairly low reading age (although this is also affected by the words used).

However:
  • if a piece of work only has simple sentences it can become boring and irritating and may read in a jumpy way
  • it may not be possible to write about complicated ideas in simple sentences.

In academic work using only simple sentences may make your work seem simple, low level.

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