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Chapter 6. Sentence Sense > Sentence Style - Pg. 63

Sentence Sense 63 Iron Man Writing You can give your writing more strength by eliminating there or it and a form of "to be" placed before the subject of a sentence. These expletive constructions just plug a hole when writers switch subject- verb word order. There's no need to plug the hole. Look for these openings: Word Watch A pangram is a single sentence that uses all 26 letters of the alphabet. The best-known one, familiar to those of us who remember how-to-type manuals, is "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog." It has 35 letters. Can you think of a shorter sentence that contains all 26 letters? · It is · There are · There is · There were Here's how the construction looks in sentence form: Blah: It was Friday that we skipped work.