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The Art of Styling Sentences

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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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Jermaine Tucker
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Eileen Troemel
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Dan
Mar 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: english-polish
In the American English sentence, punctuation presents a set of signal systems for the readers. If your code is clear, the reader will get your signals. If it is faulty, the reader will be confused and you will have failed to communicate. Some marks guide the eye; others, the ear, that is, they indicate the mental intonation (pause, stress, pitch) the reader should use.

Pattern 1: In The Art of Styling Sentences, Longknife and Sullivan present twenty sentence patterns to analyze and mimic; they a
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Jonathan H. LATER
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Powerful book for writers!
This book, just think, is the golden ticket to vary your sentences in the proper way. You are told exactly how the sentences work, how they are used, by the writer and by professional writers. What more? You get examples, you get activities to learn how to use them and how to correct and how to locate them when reading. This book is packed full of information that is vital for making clear, beautiful sentences. Sentences that spark! Sentence that will come together in t
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S.W. Gordon
Mar 19, 2015 rated it liked it
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? ...more
Russ
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book expanded my knowledge of sentence structure. It's not a gripping page turner with a surprise ending. But as far as delivering on it's promise, it was a complete success. ...more
Jamie Maltman
Feb 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Good for what it sets out to do, with lots of examples and useful exercises, but only rarely entertaining.
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