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A Guide To Making Longer Sentences In English

Longer sentences are often better sentences, when it comes to expressing your meaning completely and accurately. Considering a few grammatical patterns can put sentence building into the right perspective for weaving your ideas together in clear, verbose English.

Sep 26, 2016 12:00 AM
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Great article!

1.  a. I enjoy watching the birds.

     b.  I am enjoying watching the birds.  

For those learning to speak English (at least American English), "a" above is most likely to be used in everyday speech.  Using "b" comes off as being awkward sounding - therefore not used as often -  even though it is correct.

This is the same for the sentence below.  Often, the choice that SOUNDS best when spoken is chosen.

2.  a.  Practice hope in your everyday perspective.

     b.  Practicing hoping can be crucial in your everyday perspective. 

October 13, 2016

After reading your article, now I know there’s a subtle difference between love to and love doing in some cases. It's useful!

September 28, 2016
With a lot of native English speakers such as myself reading material like William Strunk's Elements of Style that actually stresses more concise sentences I would say that getting to the point is the most important aspect of writing sentences. It's not about whether sentences are long or short...
September 28, 2016
Thanks for the article Jack. Just one comment: You mentioned that "see" in the sentence  "I’ll see you later" is in the infinitive form. Does that mean that the future tense is also part of the infinitive form in English?
September 26, 2016

Thanks for your article! 

September 26, 2016
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Jack Davidson
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