Hi, fellas! How was your day?
We met again today to talk about one of the most delicate parts of learning a language: writing. #EngTips
Now check out this paragraph.
“I have a cat. Her name is Lucy. She likes being pet. She hates her vet. She hisses at him.” #EngTips
Gramatically, the passage is fine. However, if we continue it with more four-word sentences, it will sound monotonous. #EngTips
Our ears naturally demand variety. In speaking, variety is represented by intonation, pauses, tempo, etc. #EngTips
As in speaking, lacking of variety in our writing can cause it to be boring after a few sentences. #EngTips
So, how to avoid being monotonous in writing? There are several ways that we can try. #EngTips
– Vary the length of the sentences. The passage I tweeted previously can be modified by adding a few more words. #EngTips
E.g.: I have a cat. Her name is Lucy. As a friendly cat, she loves being pet. However, she hates her vet. She hisses at him all the time. #EngTips
– Vary the structure. We can always start with something other than subject. #EngTips
E.g.: I have a cat named Lucy. Being pet is something she loves, but a visit to the vet isn’t. She hisses angrily to her vet all the time.#EngTips
– Combine two sentences or more to create better flow. Check the following example. #EngTips
Before: One day, Lucy came home injured. I was doing my homework. She limped to me. She dragged her wounded rear leg. #EngTips
After: One day, Lucy came home injured. I was doing my homework when she limped to me, dragging her wounded rear leg. #EngTips
– Avoid using the same word over and over. We can make use of thesaurus to search the synonyms of the said word. #EngTips
Before: We quickly brought her to the vet. The vet took actions quickly. He quickly had a bandage around Lucy’s leg. #EngTips
After: We quickly brought her to the vet, who took fast actions. In a flash, he had bandage around Lucy’s leg. #EngTips
@EnglishTips4U using modifier? but avoid making misplaced modifier
@EnglishTips4U you can combine them using various conjunctions to make your writing look more mature.
@EnglishTips4U oh, Thesaurus works best to keep me away from monotonousness; you can type a word, & use its synonym to avoid repetition.
All right, fellas! Those are some simple ways to avoid monotony in our writing. I hope the #EngTips are useful for you :)