ENGLISH

posted by .

I need to make sure I understand this. I need to rewrite each sentence twice, once as a periodic sentence and once as a cumulative sentence. To me, both look like cumulative sentences though, so I am a little confused. If someone could check my work I will be very grateful.

1)Obviously not understanding reporters, the politician did not know their names, did not answer their questions, and did not read their stories.

(periodic)The politician did not know their names, did not answer their questions, or read their stories obviously not understanding reporters.

(cumulative)The politician did not understand reporters; he did not know their names, answer any questions or read their stories.

2)Able to think only of my mother’s surgery the next morning, I could not even eat my dinner, much less get any sleep, nor could I do my homework.

(periodic)I could do nothing else; not eat dinner, complete my homework or even sleep while thinking of my mother’s surgery the next morning.

(cumulative)I was only able to think of my mother’s surgery the next morning; I could not eat, sleep or do my homework.

  • English -

    Please define "periodic" and "cumulative" for me; then I can understand this better.

  • ENGLISH -

    periodic - postpone the main idea until the very end of the sentence. They build tension for the end.

    cumulative - begin with an independent clause, then add in details. They provide immediate understanding of the main idea and supporting detail.

  • English -

    Thank you.

    --------------------

    1)Obviously not understanding reporters, the politician did not know their names, did not answer their questions, and did not read their stories.

    (periodic)The politician did not know their names, did not answer their questions, or read their stories obviously not understanding reporters. This has many problems, but overall, it's not a periodic sentence. This sentence starts with the main clause. Try again.

    (cumulative)The politician did not understand reporters; he did not know their names, answer any questions or read their stories. good

    2)Able to think only of my mother’s surgery the next morning, I could not even eat my dinner, much less get any sleep, nor could I do my homework.

    (periodic)I could do nothing else; not eat dinner, complete my homework or even sleep while thinking of my mother’s surgery the next morning. Also not periodic. Try again.

    (cumulative)I was only able to think of my mother’s surgery the next morning; I could not eat, sleep or do my homework. so-so -- in a compound sentence, both "halves" are equal, so there's no building of tension here.

  • English -

    I'll underline each sentence's main idea (main clause, independent clause) below:

    1) Obviously not understanding reporters, the politician did not know their names, did not answer their questions, and did not read their stories.

    2) Able to think only of my mother’s surgery the next morning, I could not even eat my dinner, much less get any sleep, nor could I do my homework.

    As you should be able to see, both sentences are already written as periodic sentences.

  • ENGLISH -

    I had the main idea in both completly wrong. I thought the main idea was the half you did not underline. I am going back to figure out where I am going wrong. Thank you so much for the help.

Respond to this Question

First Name
School Subject
Your Answer

Similar Questions

  1. English

    Rewrite the following sentences,focusing on the grammar area if it doesn't need no change write no change. Make it under the rule of "Dangling Modifiers". 1.Ironing out all wrinkles,the pants looked much more presentable. My answer …
  2. English

    Could you please give me a sentence and make it once in the CONDITIONEL and once in the SUBJUNCTIVE. I don't understand the difference between those two. I have read all kinds of explanations but I need one clear example to show me …
  3. English

    The following sentence contains a dangling or misplaced modifier. Rewrite the sentence so that its meaning is clear. 7. Walking the dogs in the park on Sunday afternoon, it began to rain hard. I totally don't understand how to rewrite …
  4. English

    Write a sentence that matches the form provided in the description (Sentence with compound subject and action verb.) My Sentence is : The lizard and the cat jumped on the mouse. Now i need a second sentence to match my first sentence …
  5. English

    In 3–5 sentences, write down what you told someone in that conversation. Once you write your sentences, go back and identify the sentence type of each one. They will be one of these three options: simple sentence, compound sentence, …
  6. Cumulative sentences english

    Able to think only of my mother's surgery the next morning, I could not even eat my dinner, much less get any sleep, nor could I do my homework. My Answer First one is periodic sentence Unable to eat dinner, do my homework, or get …
  7. English

    cumulative sentences or periodic pattern Periodic sentence Unable to eat dinner, do my homework, or get any sleep, I could think only of my mother's surgery the next morning Cumulative sentence All I could think about was of my mother's …
  8. English

    Revise each of the following sentences twice, once as a periodic sentence and once as a cumulative sentence. 1.) Obviously not understanding reporters, the politician did not know their names, did not answer their questions, and did …
  9. English

    In the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass what is the cumulative effect of a periodic sentence, antithesis, and balanced sentence have on the story. Also how does sentence structure help to create the effect.
  10. Statistics

    Someone help me understand this please?? The following is a frequency data set for test scores in a small class. Construct a cumulative frequency plot displaying the data on your own paper, calculator, or StatCrunch. Then, describe

More Similar Questions