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563 32 Sentence Variety Putting Rhythm in Your Writing Understand What Sentence Variety Is Having sentence variety in your writing means using assorted sentence patterns, lengths, and rhythms. Sometimes writers use too many short, simple sentences, thinking that short is always easier to understand than long. In fact, that is not true, as the following examples show. WITH SHORT, SIMPLE SENTENCES Age discrimination can exist even in unpaid jobs. The newspaper today reported that a magazine has been accused of age discrimination. The magazine is the Atlantic Monthly . A woman was told she was too old to be an unpaid intern. The woman was forty-one. The position was for a senior in college. The woman was a senior. She had raised three children before going to college. She is suing the magazine. The next day, another woman, age F fty-one, reported that the same thing had happened to her a year earlier. She had F led a discrimination suit. The suit was brought to court by the Council on Age Discrimination. The magazine never showed up. The court never took any follow-up action against the magazine. Apparently, the matter was not of great impor- tance to either the magazine or the justice system. WITH SENTENCE VARIETY Age discrimination can exist even in unpaid jobs. The newspaper today reported that a forty-one-year-old woman has accused a maga- zine, the Atlantic Monthly, of age discrimination. This woman, who IDEA JOURNAL Write about something that made you angry. ¡
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EDITING ESSAYS 564 Part Five • Other Grammar Concerns raised three children before going to college and is now in her senior year, was told she was too old to be an unpaid intern, even though the position was for a college senior. She is suing the magazine. The next day, another woman, age F fty-one, reported that the same thing had happened to her a year earlier, and she, too, had F led an age discrimina- tion suit. The suit was brought to court by the Council on Age Discrim- ination, but the magazine didn’t appear for the court date, and the court never took any follow-up action. Apparently, the matter was not of great importance to either the magazine or the justice system. Sentence variety is what gives your writing good rhythm and fl ow. Practice Creating Sentence Variety To create sentence variety, write sentences of different types and lengths. Because many writers tend to write short sentences that start with the subject, this chapter will focus on techniques for starting with something other than the subject and for writing a variety of longer sentences. Remember that the goal is to use variety to achieve a good rhythm. Do not simply change all your sentences from one pattern to another, or you still won’t have variety. Start Some Sentences with Adverbs Adverbs are words that describe verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs; they often end with -ly . As long as the meaning is clear, you can place an adverb at the beginning of a sentence or near the word it describes. An adverb at the beginning is usually followed by a comma.
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