Ah, the pranks that the nixies of Dreamland play on us while we sleep! Many writers mistakenly think it’s the beginning: They begin a disproportionate number of sentences with the grammatical subject, and they rarely depart from the subject-verb-object pattern. While he was getting down from the carriage steps two men, who looked like tradespeople, ran hurriedly from the entrance and hid in the shadow of the wall. By Bryan A. Garner. While this was being given, Prince Andrew heard the whisper of a woman's voice and the rustle of a silk dress behind the door. The "Iliad" is beautiful with all the truth, and grace and simplicity of a wonderfully childlike people while the "Aeneid" is more stately and reserved. 3. (2) A fair percentage should begin with one-syllable transitional words—normally But, Yet, So or even And. The little princess and Mademoiselle Bourienne had already received from Masha, the lady's maid, the necessary report of how handsome the minister's son was, with his rosy cheeks and dark eyebrows, and with what difficulty the father had dragged his legs upstairs while the son had followed him like an eagle, three steps at a time. While waiting for the young man to take his place on the step Rostopchin stood frowning and rubbing his face with his hand. And 10 to 20 percent will begin with conjunctions—either subordinating (If, Because, Although, etc.) She returned to the group where the vicomte was still talking, and again pretended to listen, while waiting till it would be time to leave. Indeterminate sentences are those in which the legislature sets a minimum and/or maximum time of incarceration but leaves the decision as t… Often, there exists a slight, but significant, difference between two apparently similar words. He listened to her and felt only pity for her, for what she was suffering now while she was speaking. Prince Vasili mimicked the sobbing of Sergey Kuzmich and at the same time his eyes glanced toward his daughter, and while he laughed the expression on his face clearly said: "Yes... it's getting on, it will all be settled today.". What to Know. Let the dead bury their dead, but while one has life one must live and be happy! Some might say something I consider even worse: It is inexcusable that some go hungry while you have so much. All the girls have the opportunity of going to college while the money is still there. It seems, however, that, while she was still suffering from severe pain, she noticed the movements of her mother's lips. Processing aurally was familiar to Augustine while reading silently was revelatory, so noteworthy that he wrote it in his autobiography. There’s a superstition abroad that sentences should not begin with prepositional phrases (which typically introduce adverbial elements). The old prince did not evince the least interest during this explanation, but as if he were not listening to it continued to dress while walking about, and three times unexpectedly interrupted. But to say that the end of a sentence should pack a punch isn’t to say that the beginning is unimportant. A huntsman was sent to Otradnoe for a trap, while Nicholas rode with Natasha and Petya to "Uncle's" house. She was greatly delighted with the monkeys and kept her hand on the star performer while he went through his tricks, and laughed heartily when he took off his hat to the audience. While he was away Princess Mary, Dessalles, Mademoiselle Bourienne, and even little Nicholas exchanged looks in silence. It hurt her to think that while she lived only in the thought of him, he was living a real life, seeing new places and new people that interested him. While you are under my roof, you will treat me with respect. After a while "Uncle" came in, in a Cossack coat, blue trousers, and small top boots. Zakhar, while still keeping his arms extended, raised one hand with the reins. In the first place the historian describes the activity of individuals who in his opinion have directed humanity (one historian considers only monarchs, generals, and ministers as being such men, while another includes also orators, learned men, reformers, philosophers, and poets). There they might live in peace and safety while all the country round was overrun by rude and barbarous men. The phÅ“be had already come once more and looked in at my door and window, to see if my house was cavern-like enough for her, sustaining herself on humming wings with clinched talons, as if she held by the air, while she surveyed the premises. And for the first time for a very long while he began making happy plans for the future. She fed the elephants, and was allowed to climb up on the back of the largest, and sit in the lap of the "Oriental Princess," while the elephant marched majestically around the ring. From the left, over fields and bushes, those large balls of smoke were continually appearing followed by their solemn reports, while nearer still, in the hollows and woods, there burst from the muskets small cloudlets that had no time to become balls, but had their little echoes in just the same way. The skirt is black, while the waist is mostly yellow, trimmed with delicate lavender chiffon, and black velvet bows and lace. Tucking his legs under him and dropping his head he sat down on the cold ground by the wheel of the cart and remained motionless a long while sunk in thought. In the very nature of things, articulation is an unsatisfactory means of education; while the use of the manual alphabet quickens and invigorates mental activity, since through it the deaf child is brought into close contact with the English language, and the highest and most abstract ideas may be conveyed to the mind readily and accurately. It was worth the while, if only to feel the wind blow on your cheek freely, and see the waves run, and remember the life of mariners. While they were talking in undertones the crack of a shot sounded from the low ground by the pond, a puff of white smoke appeared, then another, and the sound of hundreds of seemingly merry French voices shouting together came up from the slope. Some 10 to 30 percent of the sentences will begin with adverbial phrases. It was a lake of rainbow light, in which, for a short while, I lived like a dolphin. She looked at Princess Mary, then sat thinking for a while with that expression of attention to something within her that is only seen in pregnant women, and suddenly began to cry. But very few Howevers. He knew that an apple should not be plucked while it is green. While the previous two points focused at the macro level and the overall costs of war, I speak here of consumers' perspective on war. Alondra watched Carmen reflectively for a while and finally spoke. While conversing with Pierre, Natasha heard a man's voice in Countess Bezukhova's box and something told her it was Kuragin. Once while I was calling on him in Boston he acted the most striking parts of "The Rivals" for me. Only at night and in the forests while the dew lasted was there any freshness. "Come, let's argue then," said Prince Andrew, "You talk of schools," he went on, crooking a finger, "education and so forth; that is, you want to raise him" (pointing to a peasant who passed by them taking off his cap) "from his animal condition and awaken in him spiritual needs, while it seems to me that animal happiness is the only happiness possible, and that is just what you want to deprive him of. This lasted for several minutes; then this mood passed, and Nancy was thrown ruthlessly on the floor and pushed to one side, while a large, pink-cheeked, fuzzy-haired member of the family received the little mother's undivided attention. And before the end of the journey Aesop had nothing to carry, while the other slaves were groaning under their heavy loads. I believe every child has hidden away somewhere in his being noble capacities which may be quickened and developed if we go about it in the right way; but we shall never properly develop the higher natures of our little ones while we continue to fill their minds with the so-called rudiments. He still looked ahead while Prince Andrew told him what he had seen. Give us feedback, share a story tip or update, or report an error. After a while they were left alone again. Once in a while we sat together on the pond, he at one end of the boat, and I at the other; but not many words passed between us, for he had grown deaf in his later years, but he occasionally hummed a psalm, which harmonized well enough with my philosophy. In her view the aim of every religion was merely to preserve certain proprieties while affording satisfaction to human desires. a linking word) used to introduce a contrast. I weathered some merry snow-storms, and spent some cheerful winter evenings by my fireside, while the snow whirled wildly without, and even the hooting of the owl was hushed. 373. She’ll be there four while six. They waited in silence while he skinned the fox, then followed the brush a while, and at length turned off into the woods again. While you were talking in the study I was looking at you, Natasha began, evidently anxious to disperse the cloud that had come over them. Maybe you think prisoners have it too easy serving time while their victims struggle to piece their lives back together. While such a sun holds out to burn, the vilest sinner may return. We have stigmatized racism; and while it unquestionably still exists between many races, racism is becoming less and less relevant. A propos of marriages: do you know that a while ago that universal auntie Anna Mikhaylovna told me, under the seal of strict secrecy, of a plan of marriage for you. As professional rhetoricians, readers of this column should know what the most important part of a sentence is: the end. But he, my younger brother, had five little ones, while I, you see, only left a wife behind. Coordinate conjunctions (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so) do not concern us here. Rostov brought them to his quarters, placed them in his own lodging, and kept them for some weeks while the old man was recovering. On one occasion, while walking on the Common with her, I saw a police officer taking a man to the station-house. It is not worth the while to snivel about it. It is hard for you, but still you are at home while they--you see what they have come to, said he, pointing to the prisoners. I drink at it; but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. At daybreak, however, those nearing the town at the Dorogomilov bridge saw ahead of them masses of soldiers crowding and hurrying across the bridge, ascending on the opposite side and blocking the streets and alleys, while endless masses of troops were bearing down on them from behind, and an unreasoning hurry and alarm overcame them. I guess because the way she acted while we were there. And his cold, stern look replied: "Because you are alive and thinking of the living, while I...". After the doctor left, Carmen stood over Destiny, looking down at her tiny body while she slept. He took his stand on the forward deck, while the robber sailors stood in a half circle before him, anxious to listen to his song. To tell them that she felt ashamed for herself and for them would be to betray her agitation, while to decline their offers to dress her would prolong their banter and insistence. Another word for sometimes. It leads to ungainly sentences like this one: Johnson denied in his deposition that he had ever been at the fairgrounds. Your excellency! We will know it is coming when we see the prices of more products fall while their quality increases. We gave him something to eat a while ago. While father and son were having their explanation, the mother and daughter were having one not less important. While they were strong we didn't spare ourselves, but now we may even pity them. One option to reduce repetition of ‘but’ in writing is to use the word ‘yet’: I like Brian May, yetI find his hair ridiculous. I have felt a bud "shyly doff her green hood and blossom with a silken burst of sound," while the icy fingers of the snow beat against the window-panes. So while such an attack and its aftermath would not derail our eventual arrival at the next golden age, it quite possibly would delay it. Your leg? As she peered through the soft gray light not a house of any sort was visible near the station, nor was any person in sight; but after a while the child discovered a horse and buggy standing near a group of trees a short distance away. That sentence could be punched up by starting with the adverbial phrase, allowing you to keep subject and verb together: In summarily denying Redell’s petition, the judge cited a concern that a few large fuel-cell projects could deplete the entire budget. When you bring the babies home, can I come stay with you for a while and help take care of them? While rice, grains, noodles and dumplings are fan foods. I too had woven a kind of basket of a delicate texture, but I had not made it worth any one's while to buy them. He paced up and down for a while and glanced at his notes. Though in the new reign he was free to return to the capitals, he still continued to live in the country, remarking that anyone who wanted to see him could come the hundred miles from Moscow to Bald Hills, while he himself needed no one and nothing. The maiden's gown was soft as satin and fell about her in ample folds, while dainty lace-like traceries trimmed the bodice and sleeves. While the soldiers were shouting Kutuzov leaned forward in his saddle and bowed his head, and his eye lit up with a mild and apparently ironic gleam. His eyes glittered feverishly while he tried to prove to Pierre that in his actions there was no desire to do good to his neighbor. It seems worth while, however, to quote from some of her chance bits of writing, which are neither so informal as her letters nor so carefully composed as her story of her life. These programs may fall under the authority of governmental or non-profit agencies. What happens, normally, is that when grade-school children first start learning to write, they quickly become addicted to And at the head of a sentence—sometimes in almost every sentence. Ten men, battalions, or divisions, fighting fifteen men, battalions, or divisions, conquer--that is, kill or take captive--all the others, while themselves losing four, so that on the one side four and on the other fifteen were lost. It is Sunday morning, and while I sit here in the library writing this letter you are teaching hundreds of people some of the grand and beautiful things about their heavenly Father. While I was surveying, the ice, which was sixteen inches thick, undulated under a slight wind like water. The milkers would let me keep my hands on the cows while they milked, and I often got well switched by the cow for my curiosity. If these points surprise you at all, then start being more alert when you’re reading stuff that you enjoy. She waited while he poured a cup of coffee. So he carried the lantern back for quite a distance, while Dorothy and the Wizard followed at his side. While watching his flocks, he spent much of his time in reading. I'll just have to take naps while she's asleep. While Jefferson's "all men are created equal" statement was not meant by him to include slaves, we have broadened the application of the principle and should continue to do so. Fearing that they would be light-headed for want of food and also sleep, owing to "the savages' barbarous singing, (for they use to sing themselves asleep,)" and that they might get home while they had strength to travel, they departed. She had been lying around all day catching up on her sleep while Carmen worked on her bedroom. While the Grand Master said these last words it seemed to Pierre that he grew embarrassed. Most DUI offenses carry a mandatory minimum sentence of incarceration upon conviction. The Division of Probation and Correctional Alternatives (DPCA) funds and oversees a variety of pretrial services and correctional alternative programs throughout New York State, often referred to as Alternative to Incarceration or ATI programs. They’re typically one-syllable starters that tie one sentence to another quickly and tightly. The caleche flew over the ground as fast as the horses could draw it, but for a long time Count Rostopchin still heard the insane despairing screams growing fainter in the distance, while his eyes saw nothing but the astonished, frightened, bloodstained face of "the traitor" in the fur-lined coat. They stay awake at night while researchers work in the daytime. The price of weapons, of gold, of carts and horses, kept rising, but the value of paper money and city articles kept falling, so that by midday there were instances of carters removing valuable goods, such as cloth, and receiving in payment a half of what they carted, while peasant horses were fetching five hundred rubles each, and furniture, mirrors, and bronzes were being given away for nothing. Note that the revision also puts the oomph at the sentence’s end. Bezukhov got off scotfree, while Fedya had to bear the whole burden on his shoulders. Prince Andrew spoke with some animation and interest only of the new homestead he was constructing and its buildings, but even here, while on the scaffolding, in the midst of a talk explaining the future arrangements of the house, he interrupted himself: He looked attentively at the carts in the yard and while going up to the porch took out a clean pocket handkerchief and tied a knot in it. They sat a little while downstairs near his room till they had left off crying and were able to go to him with calm faces. While he showered, she straightened up the room. At Dorogobuzh while the soldiers of the convoy, after locking the prisoners in a stable, had gone off to pillage their own stores, several of the soldier prisoners tunneled under the wall and ran away, but were recaptured by the French and shot. One day he would order his camp bed to be set up in the glass gallery, another day he remained on the couch or on the lounge chair in the drawing room and dozed there without undressing, while--instead of Mademoiselle Bourienne--a serf boy read to him. So he stayed and sold out his papers and went back home about the usual time.” (Clarence Darrow), And: “But if the parties who do not pay are to be discharged for something less than ‘objective impos-sibility,’ then, it would seem to follow, parties who do should equally be discharged for something less. shouted the commander with a tone of suffering in his voice, while there were still five men between him and Dolokhov with his bluish-gray uniform. If you are using "the" repeatedly, it probably means you are always writing sentences which start with the subject. It may be necessary to make alternative arrangements. "Now, Miss Sonya is sure to see something," whispered Dunyasha; "while you do nothing but laugh.". 260+26 sentence examples: 1. She kept one hand on the singer's mouth, while the other rested on the piano, and she stood in this position as long as any one would sing to her, and afterward she would make a continuous sound which she called singing. While her romance session failed to reveal his problem, it did wonders for her confidence. It never occurred to me that it might be worth while to make my own observations and describe the experiences peculiarly my own. cried Natasha, with one hand holding back the hair that hung over her perspiring face, while with the other she pressed down the carpets. in the time. 327. While they were talking a maid thrust her head in at the other door of the sitting room. Yet the holder of an easement, like the owner of land, has a transmissible and indeterminate right over it.” (Tony Honoré), So: “Although his feet and body were pretty cold, he could move around and manage to stand this. One of Pierre's acquaintances, while they were talking about the weather, asked if he had heard of Kuragin's abduction of Rostova which was talked of in the town, and was it true? They stay awake at night while researchers work in the daytime. While Kutuzov was talking to Raevski and dictating the order of the day, Wolzogen returned from Barclay and said that General Barclay wished to have written confirmation of the order the field marshal had given. While the band was on break, Eduardo entertained them with some Spanish guitar. Wait till he rests a while, and then he'll be in a better humor. Shams and delusions are esteemed for soundest truths, while reality is fabulous. While still in the anteroom Prince Andrew heard loud voices and a ringing staccato laugh--a laugh such as one hears on the stage. Then he remained silent for a while, and all at once looked cheerfully with his glittering, black eyes at Rostov. These take place only in communities where some have got more than is sufficient while others have not enough. Not only did his contemporaries, carried away by their passions, talk in this way, but posterity and history have acclaimed Napoleon as grand, while Kutuzov is described by foreigners as a crafty, dissolute, weak old courtier, and by Russians as something indefinite--a sort of puppet useful only because he had a Russian name. Hopefully let the listener or reader draw a positive conclusion. Sentences beginning with "there are" and "there is" are using a different kind of sentence structure called an expletive construction. Alternative legal services provider teams up with Bechtel Corp. to provide diverse legal talent, Afternoon Briefs: Top state court rejects election appeal; judge allows lawyer’s bias suit against bank, Kids in divorce court: Understanding the impact and how legal professionals can help, Law prof finds ways to connect remotely amid historic election and COVID-19 restrictions. But how happens it that he who is said to enjoy these things is so commonly a poor civilized man, while the savage, who has them not, is rich as a savage? Now her eyes are troubling her a great deal, and we all think she ought to be relieved, for a while, of every care and responsibility. But it is surely worth striving for.” (Peter Tiersma), Yet: “Some writers appear to treat duration as the criterion for distinguishing between ownership and lesser interests. And as soon as the enemy drew near the wealthy classes went away abandoning their property, while the poorer remained and burned and destroyed what was left. While Natasha was fixing her gaze on her for the second time the lady looked round and, meeting the count's eyes, nodded to him and smiled. (The use of such practices continued into the scientific age: While Jenner was inoculating people with his new smallpox vaccine, doctors were draining half a gallon of blood from George Washington for his sore throat, a procedure that hastened his death. I’ll while away the hours with some knitting. He was pressing one hand to his left side, while the other clutched his drooping pistol. (Use of “while” as a verb.) Remember the notion that the Internet wouldn't turn out to be only for one purpose—that while my car is clearly for taking me places, the Internet won't be for doing one single task, but many? In the list of positive words and phrases that follows, I've included the typical “negative phrase” that is usually perceived as positive and replaced it with a better alternative. While the Empire was at peace with the popes the prelates did strongly uphold it, and their influence was unquestionably, on the whole, higher than that of rude secular nobles. The place was a long way off, and while they were judging, what with one thing and another, filling in the papers all in due form--the authorities I mean--time passed. Let him go and come freely, let him touch real things and combine his impressions for himself, instead of sitting indoors at a little round table, while a sweet-voiced teacher suggests that he build a stone wall with his wooden blocks, or make a rainbow out of strips of coloured paper, or plant straw trees in bead flower-pots. Some of them would be found written in our literature and dear to the hearts of many, while others would be wholly unknown to most of my readers. Formerly in Anna Pavlovna's presence, Pierre had always felt that what he was saying was out of place, tactless and unsuitable, that remarks which seemed to him clever while they formed in his mind became foolish as soon as he uttered them, while on the contrary Hippolyte's stupidest remarks came out clever and apt. For more than a week preparations were being made, rough drafts of letters to Nicholas from all the household were written and copied out, while under the supervision of the countess and the solicitude of the count, money and all things necessary for the uniform and equipment of the newly commissioned officer were collected. Hello, I was wondering if you can begin a sentence with "When". I had more visitors while I lived in the woods than at any other period in my life; I mean that I had some. To be successful in the world, for a while both English and one's native tongue will be requirements. We will avoid war because it is unprofitable; and while that is not a moral reason, any reason that brings peace is fine by me. Her little feet in their white satin dancing shoes did their work swiftly, lightly, and independently of herself, while her face beamed with ecstatic happiness. He woke up and looked round for a while with a startled expression, unable to realize where he was. at the same time. All Rights Reserved. "It can't be helped It happens to everyone!" You are allowed to start a sentence with 'however. Rather than start the sentence condescendingly, I think a better way would be to tentatively suggest the subject. 227. 'Many usages guides have tried to restrict the usage of "however," suggesting it cannot start a sentence, be used with "but," or replace "nevertheless," but none of these guides can agree and there is ample historical evidence of "however" being used at the start of a sentence. "Devil take 'em!" Having sat still for a while he touched--himself not knowing why--the thick spot of paint representing the highest light in the portrait, rose, and recalled de Beausset and the officer on duty. While still at a distance he took off his cap and tried to speak respectfully, but he was pale and breathless and his face was angry. 20 Best Alternatives to “I hope this email finds you well” How are you holding up during this summer heat? While we have deciphered the genome in that we have written it all down, we aren't at all sure which parts do what, as noted before. you’ll often hear this in the Yorkshire area of England.) After playing out a whole suit and to his partner's delight taking five tricks, Pierre, hearing greetings and the steps of someone who had entered the room while he was picking up his tricks, glanced again at Natasha. The old man made a departure from his usual routine in honor of his son's arrival: he gave orders to admit him to his apartments while he dressed for dinner. This conjunction-as-starter word choice surprises many who haven’t seriously studied the art of writing after high school. "There, they kept telling us: 'It's dangerous, it's dangerous,'" said the officer, addressing the esaul while Denisov was reading the dispatch. God can dumbness keep While Sin creeps grinning through His house of Time. “While” is a subordinate conjunction, and as such has the property that the two clauses join can be reversed. Even those who seem for a long while not to have any, if you inquire more narrowly you will find have some stored in somebody's barn. Is our nation so poor or so weak that we must resort to the ultimate in pragmatism and befriend nations in the name of commerce or prosperity or military security while turning a blind eye to the suffering of their people? Boris, in the accurate way characteristic of him, was building a little pyramid of chessmen with his delicate white fingers while awaiting Berg's move, and watched his opponent's face, evidently thinking about the game as he always thought only of whatever he was engaged on. I was keenly surprised and disappointed years later to learn of their acts of persecution that make us tingle with shame, even while we glory in the courage and energy that gave us our "Country Beautiful.". The officer evidently had complete control of his face, and while Kutuzov was turning managed to make a grimace and then assume a most serious, deferential, and innocent expression. The start date is 1700. "Go to the devil! It was the only battle which I have ever witnessed, the only battle-field I ever trod while the battle was raging; internecine war; the red republicans on the one hand, and the black imperialists on the other. After supper, over their cherry brandy, Rostov and "Uncle" talked of past and future hunts, of Rugay and Ilagin's dogs, while Natasha sat upright on the sofa and listened with sparkling eyes. On another occasion while walking with me she seemed conscious of the presence of her brother, although we were distant from him. 299. whilst. And I would keep my little hand on her face all the while, because it amused me to feel her face and lips move when she talked with people. While dressing, Petya had prepared many fine things he meant to say to the gentleman-in- waiting. My mother sat beside my little bed and tried to soothe my feverish moans while in her troubled heart she prayed, "Father in Heaven, spare my baby's life!". He watched her while she wiped her hands, his expression unreadable.
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