Join Leigh Ann Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Varying sentence structure, part of College Prep: Writing a Strong Essay.
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What do you notice about the following paragraph?…Listen as I read it out loud.…I squinted into the shimmering heat rising off the asphalt.…The remains of an armadillo buzzed with flies.…I thought maybe this hadn't been such a good idea.…I heard a car approach in the distance.…Do you notice how, as I read it out loud,…the sentences tended to fall into a monotonous pattern?…Now, listen to the same opening paragraph,…from the sample essay.…I squinted into the shimmering heat rising off the asphalt…at the remains of an armadillo, buzzing with flies.…
Maybe this hadn't been such a good idea, I thought.…Then, in the distance, I heard a car approach.…What's different?…How does the second paragraph avoid the monotone?…In the second paragraph, the sentence structure varies.…In the first paragraph, however, each sentence…follows the subject-verb pattern.…I squinted. Remains buzzed. I thought. I heard.…There are a number of ways to vary sentence structure.…
As you can see in the sample, the first two sentences…are joined with a preposition, "at",…
AuthorLeigh Ann Chow
- Understanding the essay purpose and audience
- Reviewing common and unusual essay prompts
- Starting with a strong opening statement
- Showing, not telling
- Adhering to word limits
- Organizing the essay
- Varying sentence structure
- Revising the essay
- Communicating sincerity and enthusiasm
Skill Level Beginner
1. Exploring the College Application Essay
2. Examining the Types of Essay Prompts
3. Maximizing Your Chances of Success
4. Writing the Essay
5. Distinguishing Yourself in Your Essay
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