Loose sentence

Loose sentence

A loose sentence is a type of sentence in which the main idea (independent clause) comes first, followed by dependent grammatical units such as phrases and clauses. The meaning of a loose sentence can be easily understood in the very beginning of the sentence, unlike a periodic sentence.

When a period is placed at the end of a work containing many loose sentences, the work often seems informal, relaxed, and conversational. However, according to Strunk and White's Elements of Style (2000), the too-frequent use of loose sentences (especially a sequence of similarly structured loose sentences) can make a work seem trite, singsongy, or simply weak.

Example: He went into town to buy groceries, to visit his friends, and to go to the bookstore.

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