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Some sentence types

Incomplete sentences: Good for emphasis. E.g. “No way!”

 

Simple sentences: Subject-verb-object, use once in a while. E.g. “He ate the pie.”

 

Cumulative sentences

Cumulative sentence: Base clause + modifying phrase + modifying phrase etc. E.g. “The boy walked in, longing to see her, wanted to be with her, dying to kiss her.”

 

4 cumulative principles: 1) They are a process of addition 2) the sentences should give a sense of direction or movement 3) each word or phrase develops in a cumulative sentence & operates on different levels from the others 4) cumlative sentences give texture to a proposition (reason for a sentence)

 

4 types of phrases:

Participial phrases: participle is verb turned into an adjective. E.g. “hating his life” & “delighted with the pie.”

Gerund phrases: verb turned into a noun. E.g. “by eating” or “for cheating”

Infinitive phrases: “to find a job” or “to eat his dinner”

Prepositional phrases: “after eating pie” or “before finding a job”

 

4 types of suspended sentence: [main clause at the end]

Inverted cumulative—cumulative sentences ending with main clause

Insert qualifying material between subject & verb

Initial conditional clauses lead to main clause

Extended subject, verb at the end

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Cumulative sentence: Base clause + modifying phrase + modifying phrase etc. E.g. “The boy walked in, longing to see her, wanted to be with her, dying to kiss her.”

 

4 types of phrases:

Participial phrases: participle is verb turned into an adjective. E.g. “hating his life” & “delighted with the pie.”

Gerund phrases: verb turned into a noun. E.g. “by eating” or “for cheating”

Infinitive phrases: “to find a job” or “to eat his dinner”

Prepositional phrases: “after eating pie” or “before finding a job”

 

4 types of suspended sentence: [main clause at the end]

Inverted cumulative—cumulative sentences ending with main clause

Insert qualifying material between subject & verb

Initial conditional clauses lead to main clause

Extended subject, verb at the end

This is by no means complete, but I hope it might inspire other writers to examine and/or play with their sentence structures.

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