Topic: Information structuring

This topic looks at how we can present the same information in different ways, by using different word orders and grammatical patterns. For instance, instead of I can understand that bit, we might change the order and say That bit I can understand to give a different emphasis. Learning about these different patterns helps in understanding the choices made by writers and speakers, and in varying the patterns used in our own writing for effect.

Preposing and postposing

As writers and speakers there are many ways in which we can present information to readers or hearers by using different word orders and sentence patterns to highlight different aspects of meaning. This is often referred to as information structuring.

There are many ways we can highlight information. Here we will look at two important ones:


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