Reviewing simple sentence patterns

This post builds on the previous post, “Reviewing simple sentences.” As we saw, ”simple” does not mean short or uninteresting. Simple sentences have several patterns: I. Subject — Action Verb II. Subject — Action Verb —> Direct Object II. Subject — Action Verb — Indirect Object —> Direct Object IV. Subject — Linking Verb <— Subject …

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Sentence variety with adjectives & other constituent parts

In the previous post on sentence variety with adverbial modifiers, we saw how switching up word order and sentence patterns can create both emphasis and more interesting writing. There were quite a number of devices that can be used with adverbial modifiers because they include a single adverb, an adverb phrase, and an adverb clause …

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Sentence variety with adverbial modifiers

Sentences are rarely used in isolation, but rather are usually part of a paragraph with other sentences. In addition to relating the ideas they convey, it’s also helpful to consider their patterns when combining them into a paragraph. Sentence variety is an important tool for writers not only in making their point but also in …

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Revisiting the English Sentence

An earlier post on parsing the English sentence played on the definition of parse (pars) v. tr. 1. To break (a sentence) down into its component parts of speech with an explanation of the form, function, and syntactical relationship of part. 2. To describe (a word) by stating its part of speech, form, and syntactical relationships in a sentence. (The American …

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Exhortation and Eulogy – African American Rhetoric Revisited

In my blog and newsletter, I have written about my preoccupations, not only about writing essentials and English fundamentals, but also about the social unrest and civil discourse around racial, economic, and sexual inequalities. Earlier posts focused on rhetoric, especially on how African American rhetoric developed not only for speaking well in public and legal …

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