04 November 2010

Things to Know about Building Clear and Meaningful English Sentences

Writing is a human activity that involves a person's brain, his eyes, and his hands. Its purpose is to commit a person's thoughts and ideas into a written form using a particular language. Building clear and meaningful sentences involves selecting words and putting them together in their proper form and sequence.

The human mind is a wonderful tool whose power can sometimes be difficult to comprehend. Children learn to use language by imitating the sounds produced by the older people around them. In the schools, students are introduced to the written form of language where rules of composition are taught. There must be some rules to ensure that everybody is using the language correctly. The rules are what we know today as grammar.

Speaking and writing are the two basic means by which we can conduct communication between among people. When speaking, a lot of leeway is allowed in using the language and mistakes do not greatly affect the understanding of the message conveyed. This is so because other visual and auditory cues also come into play to make the communication of the message successful.

In writing, however, the rules are more strictly applied. This is to make sure that the message is conveyed correctly even if the source of the message is not around to explain what he means. Therefore, we must be more explicit in writing and we should know how to use different techniques to ensure that our message is understood by our readers.

We cannot predict beforehand who are going to read what we have written. We just have to make a few basic assumptions about them like for example that they understand the language that we are using in our written work. Different people will be reading our work in various locations and diverging circumstances. Our written work may be read by young and old people alike and they may have different thinking and attitudes about things.

So it it very important that we be clear in the message that we want to impart to our readers. Our goal is to make sure that we are understood in the same way by different people who may have different views about the subject matter that we are dealing with. Thus, we should be careful in crafting the sentences that compose our written work.

The key to building a clear and meaningful sentence is choosing the right words, using them in their correct form, and putting them together in their proper order for us to achieve a successful communication of our thoughts and ideas. It also means removing any word that does not contribute anything to the effective transmission of the message that we want to convey.

The correct word is the word that we use that captures the essence of what we want to say. Students who are honing their writing craft can make use of a thesaurus for looking up the right word tha exactly defines the meaning that they want to impart.

Words change in form as the role that they play in the sentence varies. It is surprising that English words can be used in many different ways. But the thing to remember is that these words change in form as they are used differently in the sentence. Words can have many permutations based upon the need for clarity of meaning and interpretation.

When editors correct and improve your work, you will sometimes notice that words are now arranged differently and their forms have changed but the overall effect is a clearer meaning that captures more precisely the the message that we want to say. You will also notice the new and more exact words that the editors are using to ensure that the intended meaning is understood by the reader. The editors are always looking for a better way to say what you want to mean.

Reading a lot of English texts on topics that interest you most can help you develop an intuitive understanding of how English words are put together to come up with a clear and meaningful sentence. Know that each writer has a particular way of writing a piece of work but if you still understand what he is saying, that means that the he is still following the rules of the language but only using his particular way of saying what he wants to say.

Notice what words were used in the sentences, in what forms have the words converted to, and how the writer sequenced the words that he used. Discover the patterns that may be evident in how the words are arranged together. Make sure that the words in your sentences flow in the same way.

Pretty soon, you will have internalized the particular ways in which English sentences are built. Then, you can more easily create your future writing assignments.

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