Inverted vs. Natural Order of Sentence BY: TYNISHA ALSTON and CAMILLE HOLLINGER
Authors Purpose? • So, what is the author purpose behind the arrangement of sentences in his/her work?
Answer! • The main attribute of differentiating certain phrases and complex/ compound sentences is to make the writing more interesting. It keeps the reader on their toes wanting more every word they read.
What is Natural Sentence order? • Natural sentence order states that the subject comes before the predicate. • For example: Julie has designed the banner for the party.
What is Inverted Sentence Order? • Inverted sentence order states that either all or part of the predicate comes before the subject. • For example: We really love noodles. Through the air fl the eagles.
Ways to remember “Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes. Even between the land and the ship.” I started you off…see how many more you can find.
Quick Lesson • More Examples: The seagulls fly through the air. Natural Through the air the seagulls fly. Inverted Through the air fly the seagulls. Inverted
What the AP test evaluators look for… Wide-ranging vocabulary used with denotative accuracy and connotative resourcefulness A variety of sentence structures, including appropriate use of subordinate and coordinate constructions A logical organization, enhanced by specific techniques of coherence such as repetition, transitions, and emphasis A balance of generalization with specific illustrative detail An effective use of rhetoric, including controlling tone, maintaining a consistent voice, and achieving emphasis through parallelism and antithesis
How inverted sentence order is reviewed... In the free- response part of the AP test students are given a passage or list of Literature works of which they must identify the techniques used in a well organized essay. For example: The test could give you a particular excerpt from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and have you indentify the natural and inverted sentences within it and tell why she used them and the affect. –I.E Syntax You would go about this by first thoroughly reading the excerpt and deciding what you interpreted from it. Then you would indentify the inverted and natural ordered sentences from it. Finally you would conclude how the order affected the way you construed the writing.
Tone with Inverted and Natural Sentences In the following speech from Shakespeare’s play Henry VIII, Cardinal Wolsey considers his sudden downfall from his position as advisor to the king. Spokesmen for the king have just left Wolsey alone on stage. Read the speech carefully. Then write a well-organized essay in which you analyze how Shakespeare uses elements such as allusion, figurative language, and tone to convey Wolsey’s complex response to his dismissal from court. This is a 2009 essay free-response question. Although I doesn’t include syntax we could change it to ask for the syntactical strategies used instead of figurative language. So you would identify the allusion, syntax and the tone of it all, which simply concludes what you feel the authors voice is. Or how they are getting their point across. It would read- “In the following excerpt from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Walton – a character who recounts Victors story and his last words, writes a letter to his sister informing her of his significant journey. Read the speech carefully. Then write a well-organized essay in which you analyze how Shelley uses elements such as allusion, syntax, and tone to convey how Walton’s letter is written to his sister.