The ability to write successful long sentences is one of the key requirements of academic writing. Writing Tip Complex ideas and points require complex sentences. To write in an academic style, you sometimes need to be able to produce long sentences that have two, three or even four parts. These sentences need to make clear sense and be well controlled. Focus first of all on the first and last points, and always keep in mind how this long sentence will end. In this case, it will end with a reference to a bad outcome (financial problems) of the first point (the arrival of the internet), which will begin the sentence. This gives you an overall idea of the shape of your sentence: arrival of internet → financial problems Now consider the points between the beginning and the end. The second point describes a response to the first point and the third point describes the result of that: 1990s, arrival of internet → newspapers produced online versions → negative effect on sales of print papers When constructing a long sentence, always keep in mind how it is going to end, and build towards that ending.
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