Long sentences II: Connecting two sentences with a comma and a gerund
Connecting two sentences with a gerund and a comma is a nice way to have sentence variety. Sentence variety makes reading more enjoyable.
All of your long sentences using the same pattern would be dull.
Let’s start with two sentences:
I traveled to Tokyo.
I rode the train.
Let’s connect them with a comma and a gerund.
I traveled to Tokyo, riding the train.
Let’s add some more information as we did in the previous entry in this category:
I traveled to Tokyo on Wednesday, riding the train through the winter snow.
I traveled to Tokyo on Wednesday for a meeting, riding the train through the winter snow and thinking about what I would say.
Do you notice how we started with a short sentence and added to it?
Do you do this when you write in English? Try it and see if it is helpful.
Translating long sentences from Japanese to English is a different process, requiring a different approach.