Sticky sentence finder

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Sticky sentences are ones containing a high percentage of glue words. Glue words are the 200 or so most common words in English (excluding the personal pronouns). Glue words are generally used to link nouns, verbs, adverbs and adjectives. Almost every document could benefit from a reduction in the number of glue words. ProWritingAid highlights sticky sentences to help you improve your writing. Hover over the sentence to see the percentage of glue words, and the glue words.

Words are what drive your writing. You should always strive to use strong verbs and reduce your reliance on adjectives. You can think of the glue words as the empty space in your writing. The more of them there are the more empty space you readers have to pass through to get to the actual meaning. By cutting down the amount of glue words in your sentences you help expose the true meaning and make the reader's job easier.

The sticky sentence report will highlight any sentences in your writing that contains a high percentage of glue words. It will also highlight those glue words for you. Try and reduce the number of glue words in your sentence to improve its clarity.

Example

Original: I was able to use the information that I have in my files and spoke to a number of people about the problem and managed to resolve the problem.

Glue Words: 58% - Sentence Length 29 words

Redraft: I resolved the problem using my contacts and the available information.

Glue Words: 36% - Sentence Length 11 words

The redraft saves 18 words in a 29-word sentence.

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  • Manley McGee says
    like it
    Posted On Jul 14, 2013 | 12:07
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  • Giovanni O.C Olakunori says
    Nice tip
    Posted On Feb 08, 2014 | 11:11
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      Posted On Oct 09, 2014 | 03:00
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  • Thekherham says
    If I took out all the alleged glue words in my book it would end up as a short story.
    Posted On Apr 02, 2015 | 02:00
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  • J. R. Hightower says
    Please give us a printable list of glue words both alphabetically and in order of most popular to least popular. Thanks.
    Posted On Apr 27, 2015 | 05:43
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  • Thekherham says
    I don't think Stephen King gives a damn about glue words and sticky sentences. I checked the first 3,000 or so words of Under the Dome, and by golly, if there weren't 58 sticky sentences in those 3,000 or so words. And Under the Dome was another bestseller. So why am I wracking my brains trying to change *all* the sticky sentences? You can't. Some occur in dialogue, and that's the way people talk. It's the same thing with adverbs. It is impossible to take out every adverb.
    Posted On Jun 01, 2015 | 03:39
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  • jumpinjahoseph says
    I don't really get this. The words the tool suggests I remove would turn a sensible sentence into nonsense. Sentence: Bob, are you sure this is the right place? Suggestion: 1 Sticky Sentence. Try to reduce the number of glue words to make this sentence more readable. 77.8% glue of 9 words. Glue words: are, sure, this, is, the, right, place Resulting "fix": Bob, you How does this help me?
    Posted On Jun 11, 2015 | 08:39
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  • Warn31 says
    I thought it was odd to call a sentence sticky. This happens too much in my writing. I like a sentence to be to the point and clear. Sometimes I get lucky in one out of a hundred.
    Posted On Jun 13, 2015 | 12:47
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  • alfred.holt1 says
    good tip, thank you.
    Posted On Aug 12, 2015 | 08:49
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  • infoprowritingaid says
    'The information that I have in my files' is not the same as 'the available information'. Removing glue words may remove the words they glue together. In this case the author might have intended to say that the files were the source of the information.
    Posted On Aug 14, 2015 | 07:46
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  • lois xenakis says
    get it
    Posted On Aug 25, 2015 | 06:52
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  • sh_daniali says
    This study conducted because of general scale absence that is able to use in chronic disease patients.
    Posted On Nov 19, 2015 | 11:09
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  • José Pablo Sanchez says
    I'm not an English native speaker, I find this very helpful
    Posted On Nov 26, 2015 | 04:32
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  • robert catlett says
    Empty spaces are the most important part of writing.
    Posted On Jan 30, 2016 | 12:31
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  • Marcia Dutton says
    Alley Oop Rules don't have to apply 100 of the time. They are a guideline. If by cutting out and it looks/sounds good do it. If not, leave it. That's how I see it. When you show us, it helps.
    Posted On Mar 27, 2016 | 09:55
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  • janekashley says
    Sticky glue sentences depend on the context and topic about which you are writing. For some sentences, it makes sense to shorten them. Other times, it's actually the way that almost anyone would communicate.
    Posted On Aug 10, 2016 | 07:03
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