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    Default What are loose sentences? Periodic sentences?

    What are loose sentences? Periodic sentences? Combination sentences?


    Loose sentences

    Here's one of mine:
    • John was happy that as a result of hard work for the first time ever he got an A on his report card.

    What do you think? May I see one of yours?


    Periodic sentences


    Here's one of mine:
    • As a result of celebrating and drinking too much champagne, John was drunk.

    What do you think? May I see one of yours?


    combination sentences






    Write some loose sentences, some periodic sentences, and some combination sentences. Feel free to post some of them here.

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    Loose sentence:

    She agreed to marry him, live with him and go through all that life threw at them at his side. ;-0

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Loose sentence:

    She agreed to marry him, live with him and go through all that life threw at them at his side. ;-0
    You might want to rewrite that. It's a little confusing, especially the ending.

    :)

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    Too loose? ;-0

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Too loose? ;-0
    Maybe. :wink:

    I think I know what the problem is.
    • She agreed to marry him, live with him and go through all that life threw at them at his side.

    I think what throws the reader is all that life threw at them etc. For one thing, you have live (present tense), go (present tense), then threw (past tense). Perhaps:
    • She agreed to marry him, live with him and go to the ends of the earth with him.


    What do you think? :)

    (I'm not sure that sentence fits the pattern anyhow, but I'll ask Cas to comment.)

    :)

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    I'll look tomorrow. I'm afraid I must go now as I've just put my back out and am in agony. good night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I'll look tomorrow. I'm afraid I must go now as I've just put my back out and am in agony. good night.
    I am sorry to hear that. Hopefully, by the time you read this you will be feeling better.

    :)

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