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Breaking Long Sentences in Web Writing

Too much punctuation can be confusing and tiring to read. If your sentences have an overload of commas, dashes, colons, and semi-colons, try re-phrasing and cutting longer sentences into 2 or 3 shorter sentences.

Most sentences that include items separated by punctuation can be more effectively shown on the Web as lists.

Compare the following examples:

Example 1
The supervising training organisation is obliged to work with the business or employer - and the apprentice - to design a training plan, including the training that needs to occur, how and when that training will take place, who will provide the training, and how that training will be assessed.

Example 2
The supervising training organisation works with employers and apprentices to design a training plan. This training plan includes details of:

  • training requirements,
  • training delivery, and
  • assessment.

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