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“Read, read, read. Read everything -- trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it.
Then write. If it's good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out of the window.”

--William Faulkner



ACHIEVING EFFECTIVE STYLE—


VSCRAMBLE:

VARY SENTENCE CONSTRUCTION (DURING) REVISION AND MIDDLE, BEGINNINGS, LENGTH, AND ENDINGS

DIAGNOSTIC QUIZ

  1. What is a sentence?

  2. The number of prepositional phrases in a sentence helps determine if it is compound or complex. True or False

  3. What does the acronym “FANBOYS” stand for?

  4. Identify this sentence’s construction (simple, compound, complex, compound-complex): “Darkness is cheap, and Scrooge liked it.”

  5. What is the difference between a run-on sentence and a wordy sentence?

  6. What are some words commonly used to begin dependent clauses?

  7. Simple sentences are simple because they are short. True or False

  8. You should often begin your sentence with the subject. True or False


Consider these two sentences from famous American novels:


1. “Call me Ishmael.” (from Moby Dick by Herman Melville).

2. “There are many Beths in the world, shy and quiet, sitting in corners till needed, and living for others so cheerfully that no one sees the sacrifices till the little cricket on the hearth stops chirping, and the sweet, sunshiny presence vanishes, leaving silence and shadow behind.” (from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women).

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