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A guide to the artistry that lifts a sentence from good to great.We all know the basic structure of a sentence: a subject/verb pair expressing a complete thought and ending with proper punctuation. But that classroom definition doesn't begin to describe the ways in which these elements can combine to resonate with us as we read, to make us stop and think, laugh or cry.In 25 Great Sentences and How They Got That Way, master teacher Geraldine Woods unpacks powerful examples of what she instead prefers to define as "the smallest element differentiating one writer's style from another's, a literary universe in a grain of sand." And that universe is very large: the hundreds of memorable sentences gathered here come from sources as wide-ranging as Edith Wharton and Yogi Berra, Toni Morrison and Yoda, T.

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Geraldine Woods

Geraldine Woods has taught and tutored every level of English from 5th grade through AP for more than four decades. She makes snarky comments on grammar and usage in her blog, www.grammarianinthecity.com. She is the author of more than 50 books, most recently, 25 Great Sentences and How They Got That Way (Norton, 2020) . She's written many Dummies books, including Basic English Grammar for Dummies, English Grammar for Dummies, English Grammar Workbook for Dummies, Research Papers For Dummies, College Admissions Essays For Dummies, and the SAT For Dummies. She also wrote AP English Literature and Composition (Wiley) , AP English Language and Composition (Wiley) , and Webster's New World Punctuation: Simplified and Applied. She loves her family, the Yankees, and New York City.

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