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Subject:Re: readability indexes From:Marcia Coulter <notjust -at- IX -dot- NETCOM -dot- COM> Date:Thu, 18 May 1995 12:11:46 -0700
As a further caveat to the use of readability indexes:
Some years ago, a co-worker of mine at Orr & Associates researched the
literature associated with readability. Several studies found that
reading comprehension increased when sentences were short UNLESS the
longer sentences showed relationship or causality. In other words, a
single long sentence that explained a relationship or causality was
easier to understand than several shorter sentences that together
contained the same information.
So, while automated grammar checkers can be a useful tool, they cannot
be considered anything more than very loose guidelines.
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