Writing as clear as muck

We can sometimes set a low bar for clarity when, in our haste to introduce children to a range of grammatical forms – some common and some less so – we create meandering, convoluted and clunky sentences which (whilst being grammatically accurate) are difficult to get our heads around, due to their excessive length, multiple clauses and frequent (sometimes too frequent) asides.

Out of a desire to fill the reader with as much information as possible, we sometimes encounter a situation in which our sentence has to amble on for line after line after line before the point is made at the end.

Commonly, we accept an unnecessarily large number of adverbs out of a desire to be meticulously detailed in our description, though this betrays an apologetically small amount of faith in the abilities of our readers.

Occasionally, as has been mentioned in the first paragraph, we unnecessarily self-refer.

What can be particularly grating is when – as you keenly anticipate the main point in a sentence – embedded clauses invade an otherwise decent sentence.

It can often be really annoying when some sentences become mostly filled with very unnecessary modifiers.

Am I making myself clear?

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