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1 Word Order Dr. John Eigenauer Taft College

2 Rule #1 Avoid the phrases there is, there are, there was, and there were at the beginning of sentences. Example: There are many things that you can do to avoid getting colds. This should be written: You can do many things to avoid getting colds.

3 Practice Rule #1 Example: There were many suggestions offered by the participants. Better: The participants offered many suggestions.

4 Practice Rule #1 Sometimes you cannot avoid using these words: Example: There are many ways to build a boat.

5 Rule #2 Avoid infinitive phrases at the beginning of sentences. Example: To live passionately is something that everyone should do. This should be written: Everyone should live passionately.

6 Practice Rule #2 Example: To work in New York City is a dream of mine. Better: I dream of working in New York City.

7 Rule #3 Avoid gerund phrases at the beginning of sentences. Example: Practicing daily is something that athletes should do. This should be written: Athletes should practice daily.

8 Practice Rule #3 Example: Traveling to Europe is something that we hope to do someday. Better: We hope to travel to Europe someday.

9 Rule #4 Replace phrases such as who (is) are, that (is) are, and which (is) are with adjectives modifying nouns. Example: There are many people who are lazy. This should be written: There are many lazy people, or many people are lazy.

10 Practice Rule #3 Example: There are many cities that are beautiful in Europe. Better: There are many beautiful cities in Europe, or: Many European cities are beautiful.

11 Summary In general, try to move the subject to the beginning of the sentence and follow the subject immediately with a verb.


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