The action of a sentence will be articulated by its
A clause will
the story of whoever or
whatever shows up first.
A multiclause sentence tells the story of whoever
or whatever shows up first in the sentence’s main
The arrival of the grammatical subject will be
followed almost immediately by the arrival of verb.
The material most to be empahized in the
sentence will appear at a moment of full syntactic
clouser, called a Stress position.
Every stress position will be filled with material
intended to receive significant emphasis.
The beginning of a sentence provide a connection
backward to the previous sentence.
The beginning of a sentence contextualize the
new and important material to be presented later in
Readers forms that context by answering
two questions: (1) whose story is this ? And
(2) How does this sentence link backward to
the sentence before it?
Readers Expectation (Sentence)
If the point of a paragraph is not the last sentences of the issue, it will be last
sentence of the discussion.
The point of a paragraph to be made explicit either just before the discussion of
it begins or just as the discussion of it ends.
Readers Expectation (Paragraph)
Indefinite: a, an
used only if
the noun can be
use “a” for a singular noun that
begins with a consonant
use “an” before a singular noun
that begins with a vowel (a,e,i,o,u)
use “an” with a singular noun that
begins with an h mute: an hour
Used when the noun cannot be
Used before singular and plural
nouns when the noun is particular or
Not used with uncountable nouns
such as coffee, Japanese.
Used with uncountable nouns that
are made more specific by a limiting
phrase or clause.
Use when a nouns refers
Article (a, an, the)
“The Sense of Structure” - George D. Gopen
Singular subject takes a singular verb
while a plural subj