Sentences

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A sentence usually starts with a capital letter, and ends with a full stop. However, some begin with quote marks, and others end with question, or exclamation, marks. It tends to stand separately from other sentences around it. But this is not always the case. It could be a fragment that hangs over from a previous sentence. Like this. Or this. It may even consist of just one word. True. Or three words. So very true. A sentence must have a subject and a verb, except when it has neither. It can contain as many words as you wish. Up to infinity.

Skilled writers, write small, and their books become long. This is because lengthy books contain many individual sentences. A sentence can be more than its meaning. It should have sound, rhythm, and ‘feel’ too. In spoken language, there are stresses, and emphasis, on individual words, and syllables. A good sentence should reflect these nuances.

Syntax and pronunciation are important components of spoken communication, but if you have no feel for rhythm then you won’t sound ‘human’. Rhythm is instinctive and so does not need to be taught.