WRITING: SENTENCES November 7, 2017

WRITING:  SENTENCES                                                   November 7, 2017

In writing, if all sentences were the same type and of a similar length, reading could become less interesting.  Alternating sentence types and lengths, whenever possible, makes writing and reading more interesting.  Fortunately, we have three different types of sentences.


Simple:  I am going to cut the grass.

Very-simple and very-short sentences are most often geared toward young children to suit their limited reading and/or comprehension levels.


Compound (more than one part):  I am going to cut the grass, and then I am going to trim the bushes.

Compound sentences are for readers of average ability.


Complex:  I am going to cut the grass [Part 1, independent clause, complete thought/sentence], and then I am going to trim the bushes [Part 2, independent clause, complete thought/sentence], which is what all homeowners should do to take good care of their properties [Part 3, dependent clause, incomplete thought/sentence].


Complex sentences that contain short, easy-to-understand independent clauses and a short dependent clause also are usually for average readers.


However, a complex sentence can become more complex as more and longer parts are added.  Those parts can be independent clauses (they usually follow a semicolon), but they’re often dependent clauses.  The more parts that are added, the more difficult the sentence becomes for less-sophisticated readers to follow.


Varying sentence type and length is okay to keep interest in your writing, but more important than that is to tailor sentence length and word choice appropriately for your readers.


Many lessons and bits of advice in this writing/grammar series have been taken from Writestyle’s online campus of courses covering Grammar, Punctuation, Proofreading, and Editing.  If you need help, we’re here for you.  (Note: Our very-old Web site, https://writestyle.com, is being revamped but is still accessible.)


Vickie L. Weaver’s beloved rhyming picture book, My Child, I’ll Still Be Loving You, highlights the parent-child bond while her biography, Dancing in the Stars, entertains and inspires via dance, romance, history, Vaudeville and Hollywood.



Vickie L. Weaver

Vickie L. Weaver

Owner at Writestyle
Writing has been an important talent and part of my life since I was a child.Professionally, after decades of employment for others, I founded Writestyle in 1996 to provide writing, editing, proofreading, training, and more to clients worldwide (www.writestyle.com).Clients often call my work “magic.”I have written and/or edited for “Coexistence Magazine” (national), for “Ohio Magazine,” and for various newspapers.In addition, I have edited or contributed to the writing of numerous books.Personally, I have written in various genres.I have always composed poetry; as such, I have won awards and publication for some of my poems, and I am compiling a book of my poetry.One of my children’s books is set for publication.With my second husband, family and friends in Ohio, I enjoy music and dance, aid charitable causes, and strive for beauty and harmony in life.
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