Avoid Primer-Style Sentences

How can short sentences be effectively combined? 

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 can be combined into a more complex sentence.

Let’s look at some examples:

Revision of primer-style sentences:

  • 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.

Revision of short, related sentences:

Simple sentences about a single topic may also be combined by using coordinating conjunctions (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so) and/or modifying clauses.

  • Series of related sentences: Central Park is an urban park that is 843 acres. It is located in New York City. The park has several attractions including a zoo.
    • Note that the subject of all of these sentences is Central Park. The sentences can be combined into one sentence using a coordinating conjunction and a modifying clause since all three ideas are of equal importance.
  • Revised: Central Park, an urban park in New York City, is 843 acres and has several attractions, including a zoo.