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    Arrangement of a Sentence: Periodic

    Tuesday, April 12, 2011

    A periodic sentence moves from specific examples to the main idea.

    Putting the critical information in the first paragraph is easier when you visualize a newspaper editor cutting off the end of the release to make it fit in the available space.

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    Arrangement of a Sentence: Cumulative

    Thursday, April 07, 2011

    A cumulative sentence places the point to be made in the main clause and gives it emphasis with modifying words, phrases, or clauses placed before it, after it, or in the middle of it.

    While double-checking the facts for accuracy, press-release writers look for the critical information, the newsworthy data, the new answers to old questions.

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    Arrangement of a Sentence: Loose

    Tuesday, April 05, 2011

    In a loose sentence, the point of emphasis comes at the beginning. Explanatory material is added as needed.

    The press release is a vital tool often used to increase public visibility, to create a positive image, and to market services or products.

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    Arrangement of a Sentence

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

    By arranging words in a particular way, the writer creates a point of emphasis. These arrangements may be classified as loose, cumulative, periodic, or balanced.

    Note: Be careful when working with sentences. It's very easy to fall into the trap of writing run-on or rambling sentences. A short, clear sentence beats a long, wordy one every time.

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    Types of Sentences: Compound-Complex

    Tuesday, March 29, 2011

    A compound-complex sentence has two or more independent clauses (in red) and one or more dependent clauses (in bold).

    If I'm feeling spunky, I run, too, but I can never keep up with the dogs.
    (one dependent clause; two independent clauses)

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