Chap 3 the sentence

Chap 3 the sentence - Writing Effective Sentences and...

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Unformatted text preview: Writing Effective Sentences and Paragraphs The Sentence A se nceis a word or nte group of words e ssing a com te xpre ple ide a The best way to write a good sentence (Paragraph, letter, memo, report, novel, textbook) KNOW your audience -- find out all you can about their level of preparation, how they will feel about the information you are giving them and the interest they have in your topic RESPECT your audience -- understand their needs and remember: no one in this world has enough time SPEAK (or WRITE) as you would like to be written or spoken to STOP when you are finished Fragments! Run-ons! Nonsense! The fragment -- misses important sentence parts, usually the subject or the verb. The run on -- tries to connect two independent clauses with a puny comma. The nonsense -- doesn't make sense; there are infinite varieties of nonsense, many of the most embarrassing are the result of not checking what your spell check is doing! The fragment-- "Which is what I wanted." The run on -- "We will discuss what does and does not make a sentence, we can look at what makes a paragraph, a little review never hurts." Nonsense -- "He's an easy professor, but he will give you weekly quizzes and monthly testes." (ratemyprofessor.com) The fragment-- "I just got a Labrador retriever which is the dog I always wanted." The run on -- "We will discuss what does and does not make a sentence, before looking at what makes a paragraph. A little review never hurts." Nonsense -- "He's an easy professor, but he will give you weekly quizzes and monthly tests." (didntwantochangeit.com) The Paragraph A paragraph is a collection of sentences illustrating, supporting and explaining ONE topic Organize your paragraph for effect Owning Dog(s) Cody Jasmine Daisy Lily QuickTime and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture. Dusty Cheyenne Direct Order begins with the main point then provides evidence and illustration. Direct It's easier to own more than one dog at a time because dogs are pack animals who play together, exercise and train each other. At the moment, I have five beautiful dogs, three Siberian huskies and a Labrador retriever and a beautiful Mutt. Their names are Lily, Cody Cheyenne, Daisy and Dusty. They are a lot of fun to watch and live with! I've had multiple dogs for years and love it. Direct It's easier to own more than one dog at a time because dogs are pack animals who play together, exercise and train each other. The first sentence is the topic sentence. All other sentences support and illustrate it. Indirect order uses illustration and evidence to LEAD to the main idea. Indirect Dogs are pack animals and don't like being alone. I have five beautiful dogs, three Siberian huskies and one Labrador retriever and a lab mix. They are a lot of fun to watch and easy to live with; they play together, exercise each other and help with training. Sometimes they catch squirrels and feed themselves while I just sit back and enjoy the show! Indirect The implied topic sentence is, "Owning multiple dogs is easier than owning just one dog." A dog owner has to be able and willing to train, care for and, most of all, spend time with a dog. It's important because dogs are pack animals and don't like being alone. I have four beautiful dogs, three Siberian huskies and one Labrador retriever. They are a lot of fun to watch and easy to live with; they play together, exercise each other and help with training. Sometimes they catch squirrels and feed themselves while I just sit back and enjoy the show! Re e be mm r Know your audience Write or speak so they can understand you Respect yourself -- check your grammar, make sure your sentences are sentences, and NEVER leave your fate to spell-check Respect your audience -- be complete and clear in your communication Stop when you are finished The End ...
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