Sentence Structure

Sentence Structure

 Fixed       Subject     |   Verb    |  Complement  
 Variable   Characters   |  Action   |      -
  1. Express actions and conditions in specific verbs, adverbs or adjectives.

The intention of the committees is the improvement of morale.
Or? The committee intends to improve morale.

  1. When appropriate, make subjects of your verbs characters involved in those actions.

A decision on the part of the Dean about funding by the Department of its program must be made for there to be adequate staff preparation.

Or? If the staff is to prepare adequately, the Dean must decide whether the Department will fund the program.

Putting it all together

The fear of Homeland Security is that a recommendation from the new President to Congress would be for a reduction in its budget.
Or?
Homeland Security fears the new President would recommend to Congress that it reduce its budget
Or?
Homeland Security fears the new President would recommend Congress reduce its budget.

Contrast that with the all too often vague sentence:

There was fear that there would be a recommendation for a budget reduction.


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[Thursday, 14-Dec-2017 21:21:05 EST]
Edited by: wilkins@mps.ohio-state.edu on Thursday, 05-Jan-2006 10:04:48 EST