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Short Sentence Statistics

Most professional editors and textbook writers try to maintain an average sentence length of 15 to 20 words. This ideal size range is based on chunking and human memory principles, and some sentences will be longer than 20 words. In academic texts for example, you may have sentences of 30 or 35 words.

Try to join short sentences (less than 10 words) to neighboring sentences with a coordinating or a subordinating conjunction.

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Long Sentence Statistics

Most professional editors and textbook writers try to maintain an average sentence length of 15 to 20 words. This ideal size range is based on chunking and human memory principles, and some sentences will be longer than 20 words. In academic texts for example, you may have sentences of 30 or 35 words.

Try to break up long sentences (more than 35 words) to smaller ones.

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HunSpell Spelling

Hunspell is a spell checker and morphological analyzer designed for languages with rich morphology and complex word compounding and character encoding, originally designed for the Hungarian language.

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Adverbs ending in ly Style

While an adverb ending with -ly has no grammatical problem, many consider it as bad style. Straight from "On Writing Well, 5th Edition" by William Zinsser: "Most adverbs are unnecessary. You will clutter your sentence and annoy the reader if you choose a verb that has a specific meaning and then add an adverb that carries the same meaning. Don't tell us that the radio blared loudly - "blare" connotes loudness. Don't write that someone clenched his teeth tightly - there's no other way to clench teeth. Again and again in careless writing, strong verbs are weakened by redundant adverbs."

So instead of using an adverb that modifies a verb, make sure you have a strong verb instead.

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Nominalization Style

Abstract nouns, such as "decision", often have verb forms, "decide", and several experts urge you to use verbs when possible rather than noun forms known as nominalizations. Sentences with many nominalizations usually have weak verbs such as have, make, give and forms of be as the main verbs. Using the action verbs disguised in nominalizations as the main verbs--instead of forms of be--can help to create engaging rather than dull prose. This check aims to identify abstract nouns, but not all will have a verb form.

Example:Bad Nominalization: We conducted an investigation of the funding.Good Sentence: We investigated the funding.

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Similar Sentences Statistics

Algorithmic check highlighting sentence pairs with the highest similarity percentage and gives a warning if any is greater than 50%.

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Word Density Statistics

Word density higher than 5% may show a lack of vocabulary and variation in style resulting in a dull reading. This check verifies both paragraphs and the entire text for single and double word densities.

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Sentence Opening Variation Statistics

Warns if sentences begin with the same words. Vary sentence beginnings for an enjoyable read.

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Sentence Rhythm Statistics

Vary short and long sentences for an enjoyable read.

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