SYNTAX(1) - SYNTAX(Sentence Structures Phrasing On the AP English Language Comp exam you will need to be able to recognize elements of an authors

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SYNTAX (Sentence Structures, Phrasing) On the AP English Language & Comp exam you will need to be able to recognize elements of an author’s syntax (for the multiple choice section), or you might want to analyze sentence structures if they contribute to the rhetorical purpose of the piece. SYNTAX means the ordering of words into sentences. Every language has its own syntax. In English, for example, the usual grammatical order of a declarative sentence is SUBJECT (+ MODIFIERS) + PREDICATE (+ MODIFIERS). (e.g., The young woman went to the library.) Questions usually invert this order. (e.g., Are you going to the library?) Adjectives, for the most part in English, precede nouns (e.g., The young woman). French and Spanish, on the other hand, reverse this order; i.e., most adjectives follow nouns. When you analyze a writer’s syntax, you might look for (and AP may question you about) the following concepts (from easiest to most difficult) 1. Sentence length: ! Are the sentences long or short?
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