… How to write the perfect sentence | Books | The Guardian. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)
The word “sentence” comes from the Latin sentire, to feel. A sentence must be felt by the reader, and a feeling is something that grows and fades like anything else that is alive. A line of words should unfold in space and time, not reveal itself all at once, for the simple reason that it cannot be read all at once.Well, sentire also means to think, perceive, understand. Think of the sense one has of something. Sentence more directly derives from sententia, which means thought, opinion, judgment, etc. I'm not sure we should set about trying to write perfect sentences. Good, clear ones will do.