June 28, 2017

Search and destroy conjunctions

And, Or and So can increase sentence length

Sentences too long? Use Microsoft Word’s “find” function to search for conjunctions. They include:

Search and destroy conjunctions

Seek and find Sentences too long? Find and eliminate conjunctions. Image by Surian Soosay

  • And
  • Or
  • Also
  • But
  • So
  • Then
  • Plus

When one of my writing coachees tried this trick, she found 23 “and’s” in a 500-word article.

When you find them, see whether you can replace them with a period. Or, instead of replacing them, commence with a conjunction.

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