I am trying to share a few of my intimate feelings about telling a story in a simple way.
Telling something complex in a simple way is difficult. Firstly, it depends on how you think. Secondly, how you put forward your logical thinking using blocks of sentences. Finally, those bocks should look good and sound meaningful.
Language has its own scientific rules. I am not a linguist, although I wish I had been. Whatsoever, I want to learn a few tricks to have my writings done in a meaningful way like a lady has done her hair or nails, in a beautiful way. Why they do so? They want to communicate. We all want to communicate. I also communicate using my words.
It is better to learn the rules of communication.
What are the rules?
Rules are not very complicated. They are simple as long as you accept them as your friends. When you don’t like rules, they become your enemies.
A sentence has two key things. Phrase and Clause.
Phrase consists of a combination of words. Nor it is a sentence, neither it is a part of a larger sentence. Consider a phrase – on the river.
On the other hand, a clause is either a sentence or a part of a larger sentence. Consider a clause – There is a house. Consider another clause – Where we live.
Now we understand one key difference between a phrase and a clause.
A phrase doesn’t have any finite verb. It might have other parts of speech. But a clause has a finite verb.
Now the time has come to add phrase and clause to make a complete sentence.
There is a house – on the river – where we live.
Can we conclude anything from it?
Sure, we can. We can use a phrase inside clauses.
Are there anything else?
Yes, there are. But they are simple enough to understand.
A sentence has two key parts. Subject and predicate. The subject could be a noun, pronoun, noun clause, adjective or adverb clause. But what about the predicate? The predicate consists of the most important part of the sentence – a verb. We must remember that in parts of speech, verb has the higher order than a noun. Without a verb, a sentence is not grammatically complete.
What is a verb? A verb says something about a noun or a pronoun, communicating about the subject and object.
A sentence stands on the forms of verbs. A verb changes its forms and the meaning of a sentence depends on it.
Consider a sentence – We went to the market yesterday.
Let us change the form of the verbs and see what it communicates.
We went to the market yesterday but the flower shop had closed. Because we had been walking for a long time, we were tired so we didn’t search for another shop.
Now consider three different types of sentences communicating the same meaning.
Whether the shop was open was still unknown.
We went to the market but there was no surety whether the shop was open.
We didn’t know whether the shop was open.
The first one is a noun clause. The clause “whether the shop was open” has acted as noun in the first sentence.
In the second one, it acts as an adjective clause.
And in the last one, it acts as an adverbial clause.
What is the next big thing?
The relationship between a principal clause and sub-ordinate clause is the next big thing to understand how a sentence works.
The main verb always goes with the principal clause. Consider the following sentences.
That I will meet you in the evening is certain.
Where I will meet you in the evening is certain.
Who will meet me in the evening is certain.
Three noun clauses, here, act as subordinate clauses. In my opinion, the subordinate clause always plays the most important role when we build a sentence. Of course, without a principal clause a sentence cannot stand. But subordinate clauses make it interesting.