The UVic Writer's Guide
The Need for Sentence Variation
It is difficult to read an essay made up entirely of simple subject-verb
sentences: "The dog is barking. Jim kicks the dog. The dog bites
Jim." While short sentences can be effective for emphasis ("The
Eagle has landed"), they need to be surrounded by different kinds
of sentences for contrast.
Simple sentences are the main stylistic feature of children's
readers like Fun With Dick and Jane, so a paper full of them will sound as if it was written for youngsters.
If your essay has any claim to sophistication whatsoever, it will
feature sentences of varied length and complexity.
If you find that your essay is composed of choppy little sentences,
try to connect some of them into compound or complex sentences.
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