periodic sentence

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Noun[edit]

periodic sentence (plural periodic sentences)

  1. (rhetoric) A sentence whose main clause appears at its end.
Examples (periodic sentences)

Periodic sentence: By bringing the main point toward the end, close to following sentences that build on it, the periodic sentence can convey complex ideas.
Non-periodic sentence: The non-periodic sentence, though starting strongly, can lose the reader by introducing important but subordinate points at the end.