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Writing Guide: Basic Sentences

Writing Guide: Basic Sentences

Good writers use a process to create the right language. They start with a basic sentence: a subject, a verb, and an object (remember that every sentence must include a verb).

 

For example:

The treatment cured the patient.

(subject)          (verb)   (object)

 

We can make this basic sentence more informative by adding prepositional phrases, adjectives and adverbs.

 

Prepositional Phrases

Prepositional phrases describe positions in space and time, as well as relationships. For example:

“The treatment cured the patient within three days.”

 

 

Adjectives

Adjectives describe nouns. You can use one adjective or several. For example:

“The new herbal treatment cured the patient within three days.”

 

 

Adverbs

Adverbs describe verbs or adjectives. For example:

“The new herbal treatment completely cured the patient within three days.”

 

 

Conciseness

Just because you can make a sentence longer does not mean you always should. Remember that short, clear sentences are better than long, confusing ones. Make every word count when you write.

Consider the two sentences below:

  • “The most recent patient reported strong back pain.”
  • “The patient who arrived most recently reported that he has experienced a pain in his back that was in fact strong.”

 

These two sentences contain identical information, but the first one reads much better than the second.

Last Updated: 2019-08-22
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