Varying Sentences and Punctuation

Varying Sentences and Punctuation

Sentences

As in 'Writing to Describe', you should consciously try to use a variety of sentences. Short, emphatic sentences should be mixed with longer, more complex ones.

By leaving the subject to the end you can also use suspenseful sentences.

For example: try turning this sentence around to make it more effective:

'Some of the things that make fox hunting barbaric include the exhausting and agonising chase for the fox, the excitement and bloodlust of the riders, and the terrifying time it can take for the dogs to rip the cornered fox apart, limb from limb.'

Varying Sentences and Punctuation

Make sure you use questions (?), commands, exclamations (!) and short, blunt statements of fact.

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Punctuation

  • It is important that you use a wide range of punctuation correctly, as well as the comma and full-stop you must ensure that you use.
  • Students rarely use semi-colons; examiners like to see them used.

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