The Power of I AM

I AM
Is I AM a complete sentence?

Are You Sure?
Really Sure?

When I asked this question in my college composition classes, most were sure it was not a complete sentence. A few waffled. You could see their hands twitching, wanting to raise them and say, “Yes,” but not wanting to vocalize a wrong answer. Not wanting to vocalize a wrong answer usually kept the student’s hand down. At least it did in the beginning of the semester – never at the end.

I AM
God said it.
Does God talk in Fragments?
Incomplete thoughts?

I AM
It has 1) a subject and 2)a verb
I(Subject) + AM (Verb)
and 3) No Subordinating Conjunctions in front of the subject.

God said to Moses, “I am who I am”. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ “(Exodus 3:14)

I AM
Short! Powerful! Saying it All!

Are you Happy?
I AM

Are you a Writer?
I AM

Are you a Child of God?
I AM

Are you a Homeschooler?
I AM

Are You a Sentence Writer?
I AM

Two words! The Power of Two!

Two word sentences are not detail sentences. Two word sentences do not gossip greatly. Yet, two-word sentences can carry you far, like two legs. Two words can make an awesome sentence. Two word sentences can affect your letter, essay, journals or paragraphs.

Two word sentences are to your writing what cayenne pepper and salt are to a burrito, a remoulade sauce, shrimp and pasta.
The next time you write, try smaller sentences mixed in with larger sentences mixed with medium sentences. Sentence diversity keeps eyes open by the power of sometimes just two-worded sentence. Do not be afraid of the Power of Smaller Sentences!
Are You a Supporter of Shorter Sentences?

I AM

Do You Believe in the Power of I Am?

Editing Assignment: Revise sentences in a writing – starting from the first sentence, using a small, medium and large sentence pattern. Keep in mind that a large sentence pattern usually contains a coordinating conjunction (and, but, or, for, so, nor, and yet). Just break that sentence into two pieces for medium or smaller sentences. Training your writing to utilize all size sentences builds stronger writing.

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Small
Medium
Large
Large
Small
Medium
Small
Medium
Large
Medium
Large
Small

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TIME CAUSE + EFFECT OPPOSITION CONDITION
after because although if
before since though unless
when now that even though only if
while as whereas whether or not
since in order that while even if
until so in case (that)

Maryleigh of Blue Cotton Memory: I am a former college composition instructor with 24 years of cumulative experience teaching both at the college level and tutoring for home school co-ops and individuals, writing and editing for individuals, groups, and e-businesses. You can find out more about me about my blog, where I write about my experience as a mother of 5 sons.

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