Examples of Syntax & Structure Group 1

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Loose Sentence

The catcher waited patiently for the pitcher to begin.

Periodic Sentence

Paralyzed by the neurotic lassitude engendered by meeting one's past at every turn, past every corner, inside every cupboard, I go aimlessly from room to room

Balance Structure/Parallelism

To complain of the age we live in, to murmur at the present possessors of power, to la,ent the past, to conceive extravagant hopes of the future, are the common dispositions of the greatest part of mankind.

Convoluted Structure

The pizza delivery-boy, no matter how late, still expected a hefty tipt

Centered Structure

Having wanted to walk on the sea like St. Peter, he had taken an involuntary bath, losing his dignity and the better part of his reputation.

Freight Train

And I'll look out for you, and you'll sign out as soon as you see me, And we'll go down the street arm in arm, and into all the shops, and then I'll choose my house, and you'll choose your house, and we'll live there like princes and good fellows.

Adverbial

In the middle of shopping for groceries, I found three ways to save money.

Verb Before Subject

Beside the house grew two large maple trees.

Appositive

London, the English city on the Thames, offers many tourist attractions.

Rhetorical Question

Wasn't the cult of James a revealing symbol, a symbol of an age and society which wanted to dwll like him in some false world of false art and false cultures?

Form Follows Content

...if you have a lot of things you cannot move about a lot, that furniture requires dusting, duster requires servants, servants require insurance stamps and the whole tangle of them makes you think twice before you accept an invitation to dinner or go for a bathe in the Jordan.

Antimetabole

Mankind must put an end to war - or war will put an end to mankind.

Chiasmus

By day the frolic, and the dance by night.

Epanalepsis

Blood hath bought blood, and blows have answer'd blows.

Anadiplosis

Labor and care are rewarded with success, success produces confidence, confidence relaxes industry, and negligence ruins the reputation which diligence has raised.

Anaphora

The Lord sitteth above the water floods. The Lord remaineth a King forever. The Lord shall give strength unto his people. The Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace.

Epistrophe

I'll have my bond! Speak not against my bond! I have sworn an oath that I will have my bond!

Pun

Your argument is sound, nothing about sound.

Understatement

It isn't very serious. I have this tiny little tumor on the brain.

Paradox

Art is a form of lying in order to tell the truth.

Punctuation

"No rays from the holy Heaven came down / On the long night-time of the town; / But light from out the lurid sea / Streams up the turrets silently --/ Up domes - up spires - Up kingly halls - Up fanes - up Babylon-like walls--

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