Ask an Author: Why is Loose Sentence Writing the Choice Structure for Writers?

Ask an Author: Why is Loose Sentence Writing the Choice Structure for Writers?

There are many writing styles, each of which is suited to a particular form of literature. Among them is the loose sentence structure which is the most common writing style in English. A loose sentence is also sometimes referred to as a cumulative sentence.


Writer, Motti Eisenbach, elaborated for us on this writing style and why explained why it is his ideal writing style. Motti explained how to pin-point a loose sentence; "the main characteristics of loose sentences is that the most important part or main idea of the sentence is placed right at the start of the sentence, and everything else that follows after accumulates further information". He continued to explain how the independent clause at the beginning is something that conveys definite information all by itself and does not need anything else as an explanation.


In the loose sentence writing style the main idea is expounded right at the start, and what follows is only an elaboration and gives a lot of supplementary information. A loose sentence can be brought to a close grammatically, even before the end of the sentence is reached. Loose sentences are direct, natural, easier, and simpler. Loose sentences come straight to the point and fit writing in a flat way.  


The subordinate clauses that follow the main clause in a loose sentence may add to information and modify the main statement. A loose sentence has a basic subject and verb construction and all subsequent clauses build on the earlier construction. The main statement will always be able to stand by itself as a sentence. By contrast a periodic sentence will keep the main idea truncated or pending till the end.


Mr. Eisenbach gave us some examples to help us understand further:
-“I have decided that I will write my memoirs, but am not sure whether I should use a loose sentence style or a periodic sentence style, though friends tell me, that it would be best to use a balanced writing style.”
In this example the main idea is to convey Motti's decision of writing memoirs.  The style to be used, and his friend's opinions are just supplementary information that makes no difference to his decision to pen the memoirs. The first clause can stand independently as a sentence that conveys that decision. 


This same sentence can become periodic if the sentence reads as: “Should I use a periodic or loose style of writing sentences, or as friends suggest, a balanced style of sentence writing, now that I have decided to write my memoirs?” 


Loose sentences as a writing style have a more powerful effect, as invariably, phrases are added to the main idea of a sentence, that really allow a writer to stress on the topic that is being written about. The main idea is immediately conveyed, while all other information only goes to reinforce something that the writer has already elucidated. This means that the reader has already got the gist, while the other phrases go on to further elaborate on that point.


The main idea in any writing style has to be that it must fit the ideas or topics being written about.  It has to be the idea that must decide the writing style. Loose sentences are quite often likely to be long sentences, and many speed readers will skip phrases, once they have grasped the essential idea of the writer.