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Editing Opinion Letters

After you make improvements to the ideas in your letter, you should make sure your spelling, grammar, and punctuation are clear and correct. The activities that follow will help. You'll also use a checklist to finalize your editing.

Editing to Vary Sentences

Writing can sound dull if too many of the sentences are the same length and start in the same way. These three sentences suffer from sounding the same.

    Our school needs more computers. Our school has 300 students. Our school has just one computer lab.

These same ideas are much more interesting when the sentences vary in length and in the way they begin. (As you will see, the second and third sentences have been combined.)

    McKinley School needs more computers. The 300 students in our school all share just one computer lab.

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