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Chapter 29. Language Usage and Style > Other Ideas on Sentence Variety

Other Ideas on Sentence Variety

Remember to throw an occasional question, exclamation, or command into your writing. Questions can be useful at the beginning of a paragraph to summarize the content that follows. Commands provide direction and energy by telling your readers what to do.

Occasionally, try to begin sentences with something other than the normal subject-verb combination. Try starting with a modifying clause or participial phrase. Consider beginning a sentence with a coordinating conjunction (and, but, nor, for, yet, or so). Many people think they should never begin a sentence with but. Instead, it should be linked to the previous sentence into a compound structure. But, a sentence like this calls attention to itself and can be a useful device.


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