Capitalize on Sentence Variety

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The Little Red Writing Book by Brandon Royal

The normal sentence pattern in English is subject-verb-object, as seen in this example: "I play tennis." Most sentences should follow this subject-verb-object sequence because it produces the most power. However, if all sentences follow this order, it creates choppiness and monotony in your writing. Particularly noticeable are series of sentences all beginning the same way, especially with "I" or "he."

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Vary you sentence beginnings by starting with a phrase ("along the way"), a clause ("because he hated snakes"), a verb ("try"), an adverb or adjective, a gerund ("allowing plenty of time"), an infinitive ("to be a monk"), or with correlative conjunctions (not only/but also).