Lesson 5: Grammar and Sentence Structure
Find a page of your own writing (perhaps one of the exercises you’ve already completed for this class). For each sentence on the page, answer two questions:
- How many words are there between the beginning of the sentence and the main verb?
- How many words are there between the subject and the verb?
Now, pick five sentences with a delayed verb and/or a big gap between subject and verb. Rewrite those sentences so that the reader gets through the subject-verb nexus more quickly. For each pair of sentences, which do you think is better, your original version, or your rewrite?