|Rule: The proper place for the word, or group of words, which the writer desires to make
most prominent is usually the end of the sentence.|
Wrong: This steel is principally used for making razors, because of its hardness.
The word or group of words entitled to this position of prominence is usually the logical predicate, that is, the new element in the sentence, as it is in the second example.
Rule: The effectiveness of the periodic sentence arises from the prominence which it gives to the main statement. (A periodic sentence is a sentence that is not grammatically complete until its end. Periodicity is accomplished by the use of parallel phrases or clauses at the opening or by the use of dependent clauses preceding the independent clause1)
Rule: The other prominent position in the sentence is the beginning. Any element in the sentence, other than the subject, becomes emphatic when placed first.
Example: Deceit or treachery he could never forgive.
Example: So vast and rude, fretted by the action of nearly three thousand years, the fragments of this architecture may often seem, at first sight, like works of nature.
A subject coming first in its sentence may be emphatic, but hardly by its position alone.
Example: Through the middle of the valley flowed a winding stream.
The principle that the proper place for what is to be made most prominent is the end applies equally to the words of a sentence, to the sentences of a paragraph, and to the paragraphs of a composition.
Directions: Read the following sentences, and place the emphatic words at the end of each sentence. Write a couple of paragraphs about water pollution, making sure that you place the most important point at the end of each sentence.