The Value In Sentence Structure Variations
One of the beauties of the English language is the flexibility in syntax of its sentences. Beyond the basic subject-verb-object format, there’s a whole lot of room to play with variations in your sentence structures.
There’s plenty of value in taking advantage of the room you have to vary your sentences:
You can use alternate structures to give emphasis. Put the part you want to get attention either in front or at the end of a sentence — the two areas where they can deliver the most impact.
You can use alternate structures to make your writing sound more sophisticated. Writing paragraphs with the exact same structure for every sentence in them can make your writing look less developed than sixth-grader.
You can repeat elements within the sentence to generate musicality and emphasis. While many writing teachers will forbid you from repeating the same word in a sentence, it’s an acceptable strategy when you want to emphasize key elements you want to talk about.
You can use alternate structures to generate anticipation. Presenting ideas in the same sentence in order of increasing importance can generate a sense of anticipation for the reader. It’s one of the things smart writers do when building suspense.