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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.
|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:
To expand on this, we add adjectives and adverbs:
And for more expansion, we add clauses:
|Beneath the old table|
|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.