End sentences emphatically.
the following passages to make the sentence endings more emphatic:
- This Court dismissed the whistleblower claims
against the Governor on August 27 in response to the Governor's Plea to the
- The right to stop the work is the single most important factor in
determining whether a party is in charge of the work within the meaning of the
- The Commission is not in a position to provide additional affidavits
and other evidence to support its contention that Bulworth and Islington are an
integrated enterprise at this time.
- The court may authorize a preappearance interview between the
interpreter and the party or witness if it finds good cause.
- Silver Sidings contends that it had no control over the hazardous
substance released to create the emergency, and that the Department of Natural
Resources therefore has no jurisdiction over Silver Sidings under the Spill
Bill (see § 260.510, RSMo 1994). In fact, Silver Sidings owned the property
where the release occurred, owned the underground storage tanks from which the
hazardous substance was released, permitted the hazardous substances to be
stored in its tanks on its property, and had every right as a landowner to
control how its land and tanks were used--all relevant factors under the Spill
Bill. Thus, Silver Sidings is "a person having control over a hazardous
substance involved in a hazardous-substance emergency" within the meaning of
the Spill Bill.
a journalist's article in which the last word in the article is especially
arresting. Be prepared to explain why.
published legal writing, find a paragraph in which the sentence endings are
unemphatic. Rewrite the paragraph to spruce it up.
the literature on effective writing, find support for the idea that sentences
should end emphatically. If you belong to a writing group or class, prepare a
page with at least three quotations to this effect. Provide full citations to
- Exercise -
© 2001, Bryan A. Garner
These exercises appear in Bryan A. Garner's Legal Writing in Plain English: A Text with
Exercises, published by The University of Chicago Press and available at bookstores and
on the Web at www.press.uchicago.edu.