Bite-Sized Sentences are Easier to Chew

One of the most common errors I come across in correcting written English is the run-on sentence. Even people who are fluent in English habitually make this mistake. Take, for example, the following sentence…

I’m 29, single, live in the northeast of Brazil, spend my time studying, I’m public service employee and a teacher at university.

The sentence is understandable, but not very pretty. The reader keeps waiting for the sentence to end, but the information keeps coming and coming.

There’s no big secret as to how to fix this. Just break the run-on sentence into smaller sentences. That will make it a lot easier to read.

I’m 29, single, live in the northeast of Brazil, and spend my time studying. I’m a public service employee and a teacher at university.

See how nice that looks? It’s amazing what changing a comma to a period can do.

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