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Elliptical (the virtual sentence)



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04 Elliptical (the virtual sentence)
“Six o'clock. A cold summer's evening.” —William Sansom, Eventide
Fragmentary statement that is virtually complete, because of what is said elsewhere or suggested. Good for dialogue, description intros, conclusions, transitions and even emphasis. Use infrequently.
05 Simple
“Centuries passed.” —Gilbert Highet, Poets in a Landscape
“London frightened him.”
Is surprisingly rare and almost always striking. If you wish to be forcefully clear and direct, the briefest sentence alone is emphatic; used together with longer sentences it is a basis for sharp contrasts.

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