22Shorten Your Sentences

Stretched out sentences that go on forever are an e-mail no-no. Case in point, the long, laborious sentence following.

Sentences that make point after point can really strain the reader’s patience and make you look like you don’t know how to say anything with the brevity and conciseness required in today’s short-attention-span world, which is a big problem if you want to be seen as an effective professional.

If you find yourself face-to-face with such a run-on sentence, use the following tips to shorten it.

Eliminate conjunctions. A conjunction is a word that joins together words and phrases. Words such as for, and, but, or, yet, and so are common conjunctions. One way to shorten your sentences is to remove them, and ...

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