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Use the hook and eye technique

August 14, 2013 Comments (None)

To make the complex clear, use the hook and eye technique.

The hook and eye technique makes the object of the preceding sentence the subject of the following sentence. Don’t worry, it’s simpler than it sounds.

Here’s an example: “Rupert hit the ball into the crowd. The ball landed in the palm of McKenzie’s mitt.” Ball is the object of the first sentence because something was done to it, so it becomes the subject of the next sentence.

Again: “Rupert crushed the ball toward left field. The ball landed in the bleachers.”

And here’s another, more complex example that demonstrates how the hook and eye technique can be useful to a smart person like you.

Carbohydrate loading on the High Performance Diet was developed in the United States based on studies by a team of Swedish physiologists. These studies show that the average concentration of glycogen stores is 1.75 g/100 ml with a normal diet. If this diet is then changed for 3 days to one of high fat and high protein, then the glycogen level drops to .6 g/100 ml. If the diet is modified again to include large amounts of carbohydrate for 3 days, then the glycogen stores will increase to 3.5 g/100 ml. If this carbohydrate phase is accompanied by strenuous exercise, then the glycogen level will rise to 4.7 g/100 ml. This is almost a threefold increase in glycogen stores compared to a normal diet.

The hook and eye technique works for speaking and writing. Use it to keep your readers and listeners on track.

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