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Varied Syntax Equals Better Writing

Let me explain. Start with these two sentences: He went for a walk. He saw a rosebush.

Here are a few ways to vary syntax yet provide the same information each time.

He went for a walk and saw a rosebush. (dependent clause; compound predicate)

He went for a walk, and he saw a rosebush. (each clause is independent)

While he was walking, he saw a rosebush. (begins with a dependent clause)

Why not try these three new ways when writing your next paragraph. That way, your readers will read with more interest and comprehension. Next week, we’ll look at three more ways to vary your syntax.

(January 15, 2012)

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