Primer-Style Sentences

A primer-style sentence is a short and simple sentence that usually includes a single subject and verb.


While short and simplistic sentences can be used effectively to emphasize a point or clarify a confusing statement, frequent use of them can make a paper sound choppy and interrupt the flow of the paper. Primer-style sentences require readers to infer logical relationships. Loads of simplistic sentences make a text to appear more like a freewrite, a rough draft, a laundry list, than a text written for an audience.

Primer-style sentences can be combined into a more complex sentence.

Let’s look at some examples:

  • Primer-style sentences: President Kennedy was shot on November 22, 1963. It happened in Dallas, Texas. This event greatly impacted the nation.
  • Revised: The assassination of President Kennedy on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas, greatly impacted the nation.

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