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    Quote Originally Posted by Will.Spencer View Post
    It's very hard to read. It feels like they are making things overly complex on purpose!

    I don't want to say that one style of writing is better than the other, but longer sentences are harder to read. Almost every writer I've worked with could improve the readability of their works by using shorter sentences.
    They probably are. Many who begin writing in English for the first time try to model themselves after someone, or they try to fit everything into one sentence. I've also come across Indian writers who use to many "filler" sentences. Like this:

    This method is number one. I can tell you I use this method personally. I am continuing loving how this works and you will too, let me explain...

    I think stopping and learning the basics (how sentences are formed and how words fit together in Western English) would definitely improve writing. Which means they should start reading more. Books, not blog posts.

    I don't think long sentences make content harder to read, depending on who is writing them. Sentence length serves as part of literary structure just like short sentences, figurative language, etc. It all comes together to form an individual's writing style.

    I write in long sentences because that's just my personality. I'd like to think it doesn't degrade the quality of my writing skills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will.Spencer View Post
    Wikipedia has a decent page on Indian English which can be helpful for Indian writers who are trying to sell into the U.S. market.

    It may not be fair, but the realities of the Internet market are that most buyers want content written in standard mid-Western American English.

    Many Indian content developers would be able to double their rates if they were able to successfully modify their writing styles.
    Agreed, I never buy poorly written/translated content and hardly pay anything at all for most the content I buy since it basically all needs re-written so someone who hasn't spent 5 years on the internet around the stuff can understand it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sneakyheathen View Post
    They probably are. Many who begin writing in English for the first time try to model themselves after someone...
    I usually recommend Ernest Hemingway.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sneakyheathen View Post
    This method is number one. I can tell you I use this method personally. I am continuing loving how this works and you will too, let me explain...
    That example was so real it made me want to scratch my eyeballs out of my head.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sneakyheathen View Post
    I write in long sentences because that's just my personality. I'd like to think it doesn't degrade the quality of my writing skills.
    You didn't in this post.

    Next time I receive a paragraph-length sentence with more than eight commas, I will post it here.
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