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  Placing the parts of a sentence

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Sentences - Placing the parts of a sentence

Placing verbs

For Practice on placing verbs, go to Placing and using verbs under Verbs in the Development Level menu.

Placing clauses or phrases

Where you place clauses and phrases can make your work either clear or confused, and can change the meaning of the sentence.

To avoid confusion, place a clause or phrase (underlined) as near as possible to the word it relates to (in bold).

Example

We read with much enthusiasm the book which the lecturer wrote.

We read the book which the lecturer wrote with much enthusiasm.

In the first example the reading is being done with enthusiasm.
In the second the lecturer wrote it with enthusiasm.

Placing words to create an impact
Example
Many people dislike the unreliability of English weather.

English weather: many people dislike its unreliability.

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