Platypus Sentences

I stumbled upon this wonderfully descriptive phrase in a forum yesterday. 

What are Platypus Sentences?

They are sentences with all the right parts but they are mismatched and out of order. So you have the right content but not the right format.

No offense to platypuses. 😀

Common Types of Platypus Sentences

  • Steps in a process are out of chronological order
  • The subject of a sentence is placed too far from the verb for clarity
  • A reaction occurs before an action instead of after an action
  • Ideas, concepts or descriptions are not placed in a sentence in the most potent and understandable position


Easy Ways to Fix Platypus Sentences

Here are a few simple ways to fix Platypus Sentences. Most of the time it comes down to clarity and order. Occasionally, the fix depends on how the sentence sounds or feels instead of grammatical accuracy.

Visualize yourself going through each step in the process, step-by-step, so that each step of the process is represented chronologically in your sentence.

As often as possible, place the subject of a sentence close to the verb. The closer often the better

As you edit your work, look for actions and reactions to ensure that actions happen before reactions. Awareness and revision are the keys.

Play around with sentences and experiment with various placement of sentence parts and phrases to see which one works best for clarity and emotional impact.

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Christopher Kokoski is a speaker, trainer and author of Wicker Hollow and the Past Lives novel series.

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2 comments on “Platypus Sentences
  1. Anonymous says:

    this is horrible

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