Saturday, March 18, 2006

Style # 5

This lesson is called Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace. It says that readers need the whole passage to be clear rather than just the characters and verbs we had discussed before. Don’t make paragraphs choppy because it makes the paragraph seem disorganized. The way all sentences in the passage cumulatively begin depends on whether or not the passage is coherent. Cohesion is described as how well the connection and fluidity between sentences is. Sentences are more cohesive when you end the sentence with a few words that you reuse in the beginning of the next sentence. Coherence, on the other hand, is how well all of the sentences flow. In having cohesion and coherence, the reader is allowed to feel the piece of writing that they are reading. It is also best to begin the readers with familiar information and to leave the new information for the end of the sentence. In order to be coherent one must use good topic sentences that are short and consistent. The topic sentences aren’t suppose to refer to the grammatical sentences but just to explain what the rest of the paragraph is going to be about. Keeping them short and consistent is very important because it will allow the reader to better understand the paragraph without becoming confused or having to guess at what the overall subject is.

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