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Advanced Composition

How to Emphasize with Sentences

October 28, 1999

Sentences can be written in different ways to provide different emphases. The way you choose to write a sentence depends on exactly what you wish to emphasize.

Examples of Different Emphasis

q       Giddy with excitement, the children went out trick or treating. (Emphasis on “went out . . .” as this is independent clause)

q       The children, giddy with excitement, went out trick or treating. (Same emphasis, but weakens the “giddy . . .” phrase as it is now in the middle of the sentence)

q       The children, going out trick or treating, were giddy with excitement. (Now, the emphasis is on “were giddy . . .” as it is in independent clause)

q       When they went out trick or treating, the children were giddy with excitement. (This emphasis is the same as the previous sentence, but the cause and effect is clearer and the sentence better, too.)

Emphasis: Assignment:

Write about an exciting event you enjoyed as a child. Since it is Hallowe’en on Sunday, I’ll write about my experiences with this event. Use all four sentence styles demonstrated tonight. Try to choose an emphasis that is appropriate for what you are trying to say. See Teacher Writing on this topic.

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