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The Art of Styling Sentences
A must-have for any student or aspiring writer, this book reviews the fundamentals of good sentence structure: Conventions of writing style change in subtle ways with passing years--a fact that prompts the need for periodic revisions of books like this one. The authors review the fundamentals of good sentence structure and then go on to describe twenty basic sentence patte ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Barron's Educational Series
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As a result of reading this book, I gained a better awareness of the various sentence patterns. In turn, I have increased my repertoire in writing skills, so that I can better convey my ideas and create the intended effects. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to improve their writing.
This is a quick read initially but is information intensive. There are only five chapters in the book. The first chapter talks about what a sentence is. What makes a sentence? It also discusses the four types of sentences (declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory) giving a clear description of them. The authors discuss the different phrases and clauses which make up sentences. They also give the most common types of sentences. At the end of the chapter there's a list of suggested ...more
There are a few pearls hidden in this book but I doubt reading this will make me a better writer. I suppose it's important to recognize various patterns of sentence so I'll probably review this in the future as I search for ways to expand the variability of my syntax. There are some valuable insights into the use of dashes, parentheses, semicolons, colons and commas. Perhaps I should develop my own set of rules, write them down and consistently follow them. It might work?