Based on many previous tips, you know that using the Subject–Verb–Object sentence structure helps you write clearly. However, you don’t want all your sentences to “feel” the same to the reader. Readers need variety, or they will quickly become disinterested in your content.
One of the simplest ways to vary the sentence structure is by moving adverbial phrases. Where you move the phrases depends on your style. However, many can be moved to the beginning of the sentence, which also may help you keep the S–V–O structure intact. Consider this sentence:
“He walked in the afternoon to the store.”
The adverbial phrase is “in the afternoon.” This phrase describes when he walked. We can move this phrase as follows:
“In the afternoon, he walked to the store.”
This sentence now has a different sentence structure. It also keeps the S–V–O sentence structure intact and focuses on the main point.
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