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Technique: Split long sentences into shorter and simpler ones
Here is a sure-fire method to split your long sentences into shorter and more easily understandable ones:
Split your sentences at conjunctions like “and”, “or”, “while”, “however”, “although” etc. Those are the connection points where one clause is linked to another. By breaking your clauses apart you can develop a simpler prose style that is read easier and retained more.
“The software-based flight control system is thoroughly tested in the secure facility F67-B while the aircraft itself is tested repeatedly in the air by being exposed to weather conditions specified in Doc 34B-5 and using Cranbolton methodology despite the fact that no amount of testing can prepare for all eventualities to arise in real-life conditions.”
Conjunctions like “while”, “and”, “despite” are good markers for splitting this compound sentence into a set of simpler ones.
Here is one possible solution to the above compound sentence:
“The software-based flight control system is thoroughly tested in the secure facility F67-B. The aircraft itself is tested repeatedly in the air by using Cranbolton methodology. During these tests the aircraft is exposed to weather conditions specified in Doc 34B-5. However, no amount of testing can of course prepare us for all real-life emergencies.”