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Writing: Using Readability Gunning's FOG Index

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Gunning's FOG index is calculated from:
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This is one of the indexes which concentrates on long words. Another is the SMOG index. In Readability, a long word is defined as one of 3 or more syllables. Of course, words such as "altogether" are long words by this definition (it has 4 syllables) but it is a familiar word. It seems that words with many syllables do make writing harder to read, even though they are familiar words.









Ken Ward's Writing Pages

The Last Place in Space
- by Ken Ward

When pilot Philip Turner is accidentally transported by an anomaly and marooned on an unknown planet, he discovers the planet is threatened by a group of ruthless aliens similarly marooned. With the help of a group of young women with superpowers, and a powerful being called a god, he reluctantly uses his advanced knowledge and technology to help the planet's inhabitants, but will he succeed when outnumbered by aliens, opposed by greedy and squabbling kings, and limited by his gentle nature and moral beliefs? Paperback and Kindle:
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The Last Place in Space