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    Default What is this kind of words called?

    I want to know about a term that we call for this kind of words.
    For example, in a speech there is five sentences. Each following sentence begins with the same phrases with the end of the previous sentence. And therefore, that makes them interesting.
    I can't figure out what it is called and how to search for it.

    I don't know how to express it clearly. It may be similar to this:
    ......................ABCDEF. ABCDEF...GHIJK. GHIJK...

    Please tell me if you know. Thanks.
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    Default Re: What is this kind of words called?

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    I want to know about a term that we call for this the following kind of words.
    For example, in a speech there is are five sentences. Each following sentence begins with the same phrases with the end of which ended the previous sentence. And therefore, that makes them interesting.

    I can't figure out what it is called and how to search for it.

    I don't know how to express it clearly. It may be similar to this:
    ......................ABCDEF. ABCDEF...GHIJK. GHIJK...

    Please tell me if you know. Thanks.
    Please note my amendments to your post.

    I'm not quite sure that I understand what you mean. I can write a list of sentences where the last couple of words of one sentence are the first couple of words of the next sentence, but it would be difficult to make that into a "speech" or a dialogue.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: What is this kind of words called?

    Thanks. I saw a video on youtube talking about this and its term but now I can't remember and figure out its name now. In the video, they say that by using this kind of sentences to make it interesting.
    I can write a list of sentences where the last couple of words of one sentence are the first couple of words of the next sentence, but it would be difficult to make that into a "speech" or a dialogue.
    Are there a name for this kind of sentences?
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    Default Re: What is this kind of words called?

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    Thanks. I saw a video on youtube talking about this and its term but now I can't remember and figure out its name now. In the video, they say that by using this kind of sentences to make it interesting.

    Are there a name for this kind of sentences?
    Not that I'm aware of.
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    Default Re: What is this kind of words called?

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    I want to know about a term that we call for this kind of words.
    For example, in a speech there is five sentences. Each following sentence begins with the same phrases with the end of the previous sentence. And therefore, that makes them interesting.
    I can't figure out what it is called and how to search for it.

    I don't know how to express it clearly. It may be similar to this:
    ......................ABCDEF. ABCDEF...GHIJK. GHIJK...

    Please tell me if you know. Thanks.
    Your description doesn't match your illustration. Do you mean ABCDE, DEFGH, GHIJK ...
    "Yesterday I saw Mitzi the cat"
    "Mitzi the cat was chasing a brown mouse";
    "A brown mouse is rare - they're usually grey."

    Is that what you mean? If, not, can you give an example? (I don't find it all that interesting though, I'm afraid.)

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    Default Re: What is this kind of words called?

    Hi again,

    Thank you and sorry for my mistaken. It uses repetition but not as what I described. I really couldn't remember anything clear about it.
    Here it is:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hObaQyKV30Y&feature=youtu.be#t=335m38s

    "If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always got."
    Is there a name for this kind of sentences?
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    Default Re: What is this kind of words called?

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    Hi again,

    Thank you and sorry for my mistaken. It uses repetition but not as what I described. I really couldn't remember anything clear about it.
    Here it is:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hObaQyKV30Y&feature=youtu.be#t=335m38s

    "If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always got."
    Is there a name for this kind of sentences?
    No, I don't think there's a name for the type of sentence you have given.
    It has some parallel elements; some other forms have contrasts:
    "If you behave the same, you'll remain the same; if you behave differently, you can change."
    It's a form that is often used in preaching and aphorisms, and motivational talks because they're easy to remember, and some people find them cute. Jesus used some lines like this, but I'm too lazy to look them up right now.

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    Default Re: What is this kind of words called?

    I'm pretty sure there is a term for this rhetorical device, but I forgot it 20 or more years ago.
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    Default Re: What is this kind of words called?

    It is apparently called anadiplosis, but not by many. And not by me.
    Last edited by probus; 06-Oct-2013 at 04:17.

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    Yikes. You can't be surprised I forgot that one, can you?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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