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.
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.