I found myself disagreeing with someone, and were wondering what others thought. Long sentences are spotted usually in the written language, unless you encounter the and-then-and-then-and-then conversationalist. Imo, reading aloud is not the best way to find out if a sentence works. What do you think? Here’s an example: A hungry black cat jumped from the roof and landed on a spring that sent her skyward and up over a speeding car, and all the while I just watched in amazement, especially as the cat hit the ground running. Here’s a 40 word sentence. I speaker would probably not use so many words. But if a writer wants to slow the pace, longer sentences would do the job. In an action scene, it could be written: The cat jumped off the roof. She landed on a spring that sent her skyward. And up over a speeding car. All the while I just watched in amazement. The cat hit the ground running.