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Linda Peckham explained how to look at a sentence as word clumps, rather than the more formal grammar rules.

The basis is that you have Left-hand clumps and Right-hand clumps.

Left Right
A subject word An action word
Words or clauses to modify the subject Words or clauses to modify the action

So, taking the example from the session:

Left Right
The cat slept

To expand on this, we add adjectives and adverbs:

Left Right
The cat slept
lazy, old soundly

And for more expansion, we add clauses:

Left Right
Beneath the old table
the cat slept
lazy, old soundly
until dinner time.

This way of looking at things is useful when you're in the rework phase and you're sculpting a paragraph.

If you're discussing the table, you want to lead with the table clause:

The family table graced the kitchen.
Beneath the table, the lazy old cat slept until dinner time.

If the focus is the time, flip things around:

Everything in our house happened on schedule.
Until dinner time, the lazy old cat slept beneath the table.