50 Ways to Make Your Writing Sound Smart A.k.a – Revise Your Paper!
January 9, 2018
Revise your Syntax:
Experiment with improving your style and readability by adding more of these interesting sentence structures to your own writing:
Sentence Beginning Variety
1. Begin with an Adverb (a word that describes the action of the sentence; sometimes a “ly” word)
2. Begin with an Adjective (a word that describes the important person, place. or thing of the sentence)
3. Begin with an Infinitive (to + the verb)
4. Begin with a subordinate clause (a clause that begin with such conjunctions as: after, although, as, as much as, because, before, how, if, in order that, inasmuch as, provided, since, then, that, though, unless, until, when, where, while, etc.
5. Begin with a gerund (a verb form ending in “ing” that acts as the subject of the sentence)
6. Begin with a participle phrase (adjective phrases beginning with a word ending in “ed” or “ing”)
7. Begin with a noun phrase (a noun with additional descriptive phrases attached to it)
8. Use parenthesis to whisper a witty aside to the reader.
9. Use a colon to prepare the reader for the details of an announcement.
10. Use a dash as a sentence interrupter to announce a series, or to elaborate on a
previously stated idea.
11. Use a semicolon to separate different but similar sentences.
12. List more than one item in the same sentence, but since they are similar items, make
13. Add prepositional phrases to interrupt or end the sentence with lively description.
14. Use an appositive, a sentence interrupter that renames the subject, to add more details about an important noun in the sentence.
15. Use a participle phrase, the phrase beginning with a word ending in “ed” or “ing”, to add more details about an important noun in the sentence.
16. Use an absolute phrase, a noun following immediately by a participle phrase to add more details about an important noun in the sentence.