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Transcript of Cumulative/Periodic Sentences
Periodic Sentences Monica Viar Glass Castle: Example of a Cumulative Sentence What is it? Periodic Sentences Glass Castle: Example of a Periodic Sentence Cumulative sentences put the main idea at the BEGINNING of a long sentence. It immediately starts with the main clause and is basically a well written run-on sentence. The goal is clarity. What does it add to your writing? When do we use it? When you are writing an argumentative paper
When you want to build suspense to pull your readers into your writing When do we use it? What does it add to your Writing? Example from other writing Example from other writing Is useful when you want to get your main point across to the audience
Adds additional detail
Makes writing more interesting When you want to.....
elaborate on a key point you are wanting to make
Create a more interesting sentence I am willing to pay slightly higher taxes for the privilege of living in Canada, considering the free health care, the cheap tuition fees, the low crime rate, the comprehensive social programs, and the wonderful winters. Example pg.34
"I wondered if all fire was related, like dad said all humans were related, if the fire that had burned me that day while I was cooked hot dogs was somehow connected to the fire I had flushed down the toilet and the fire burning at the hotel." Serving in Florida: pg.136
"Managers can sit - for hours at a time if they want- but it's their job to see that no one else ever does, even when there's nothing to do, and this is why, for servers, slow times can be as exhausting as rushes." M+IC+PC+PIE How do we remember this? Main Point: the writer prefers to live in Canada Main Point: the writer prefers to live in Canada Example IC+PC+PIE+M How do we remember this? independent Clause Phrases or Clauses Person/Place, Idea, or Event A periodic sentence emphasizes its main idea by placing it at the END of the sentence. Also like a run-on sentence. It is the opposite of a cumulative sentence. Main Idea pg.268
"What I wanted to say was that I knew Eric would never try to steal my paycheck or throw me out the window, that I'd always been terrified I'd fall for a hard-drinking, hell-raising, charismatic scoundrel like you." Once More to the Lake: pg.431
"We all got ringworm from some kittens and had to rub Pond's Extract on our arms and legs night and morning, and my father rolled over in a canoe with all his clothes on; but outside of that the vacation was a success and from then on none of us ever through there was any place in the world like that lake in Maine." Considering the free health care, the cheap tuition fees, the low crime rate, the comprehensive social programs, and the wonderful winters, I am willing to pay slightly higher taxes for the privilege of living in Canada. At the beginning of the sentence the reader does not know what the point is that the author is trying to make. The reader has to read the entire sentence first understanding the information given, than you will get the author's opinion or point. The reader gets the information first while understanding the opinion of the author. Can make your sentence more dramatic and/or persuasive
If you are writing an argumentative paper, you will gain the advantage of making the writer read the evidence first without a biased opinion
If used just once or twice in your writing it will create an effective piece Independent
Clause Phrases or
Clauses Person/Place, Idea, or Event Main Clause