A lot of people, especially the ones that are far from writing area, adhere to the opinion that there’s nothing easier than put two words together. They say it’s A+B=C in any way. Unfortunately, they are sadly mistaken. Actually, writing in an understandable, clear and concise manner is a tiresome and complex process and is too hard for the majority of people to chew. Enrique Jardiel Poncela was so right when he said: “When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing!” To generate a couple of sentences is as easy as pie. But reaching the bottom of your reader’s heart is an overwhelming task for the majority of people.
To prove that sentence writing is manifestly possible to you, follow the tips provided below.
When you are about to generate a sentence, think well about its main point you’re going to highlight. It should be placed at the very beginning of the sentence. All additional information goes later. Thus, your readers will have an opportunity to better understand the sentence you’re trying to make clear for them.
For instance, let’s take a look at the extract from “Ivanhoe” by Sir Walter Scott: “This rough expostulation was addressed to no other than our acquaintance Isaac, who, richly and even magnificently dressed in a gaberdine ornamented with lace and lined with fur, was endeavouring to make place in the foremost row beneath the gallery for his daughter...”.
“This rough expostulation was addressed to no other than our acquaintance Isaac” is the main idea of the sentence, everything else is just additional information. Thus, the reader knows what you’re saying or trying to say straight away upon reading your sentence.
Never provide incomplete sentence elements, unless you’re making up a dialogue. For instance: I need to buy a new The Twilight Saga book. Because the old one is worn to shreds. (In this case we deal with sentence fragments) Revised sentence will look like: I need to buy a new Twilight Saga book because the old one is worn to shreds.
Make use of the parallel structure words to describe one or more ideas in your sentence. For instance: Rebecca likes to be up to the chin busy with making up, writing, correcting, re-writing, reading and to re-read her articles. (Note: This is WRONG!)
Rebecca likes to be up to the chin busy with making up, writing, correcting, re-writing, reading and re-reading her articles. (Correct)
A lot of students, when they generate sentences, make the same mistake. The thing is that they make their readers feel like they have come to some supermarket to buy food for mom. The question is about the list of all the attributes in one and the same sentence.
Prince John had a rich fur bonnet, precious stones, royal criticism and a falcon. In other words, the sentence written that way is a straight way to ‘D’.
Correct variant: Prince John had a rich fur bonnet on his head adorned with numerous precious stones. With a falcon upon his hand he was eyeing with all his royal criticism the beauties.