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Old September 18th, 2009, 12:21 PM
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How do you read a sentence?

I used to read to my grand mom when I was in India and she used to tell me that she likes to hear a story, in the way it is supposed to be told.

So I made sure that I stress the right words when the book says something in italics or something they say in "quotes". Now, even when I am alone and reading for myself, I still stress those words in my mind because of that habit.

How do you a read? Is it just plain reading or you stress the word, where it is meant?
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Re: How do you read a sentence?

I pay attention to font style changes without stress or strain.
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Re: How do you read a sentence?

I just read it too fast in my mind with the basic question how is this idea relevant ... this is basically the habit I got here while reading research papers ... seems to have stuck to it even when reading novels ... (most of the times it is not relevant ... and wastes a lot of time)
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Re: How do you read a sentence?

When I am reading it for myself,I don't even move my lips.So no question of stress/strain.
While reading it for others,I need to put stress on words appropriately.
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Re: How do you read a sentence?

Most of the time skim through and if find something relevant then read carefully.
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Re: How do you read a sentence?

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When I am reading it for myself,I don't even move my lips.So no question of stress/strain.
While reading it for others,I need to put stress on words appropriately.
I dont move my lips either but I was referring to my mind when I said stress.
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I dont move my lips either but I was referring to my mind when I said stress.
Ok I get it now.
No I don't stress at all when I am reading for myself.It is just plain reading.
Trying to put stress on words can be tiring mentally.
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Re: How do you read a sentence?

Elementary, My dear Watsons..

I read it in one go "SENTENCE".. I don't care to spell it out S-E-N-T-E-zzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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Re: How do you read a sentence?

If the author is really good then the story I am reading becomes as if the author is telling it to me verbatim. When any characters speak with one another, it becomes like a scene from a TV show or movie. My mind imagines the situation as if its on a screen, but on the screen inside my mind. If the author is good then I am so lost that I dont even realise that I have to worry about stressing on some expressions, punctuating sentences, etc.

One thing I absolutely dont like in a book, even a thriller is several pages of some stupid car chase or action scene which reads more like a screen play for an action movie. I mean, I dont care how the hero jumped from a building and got into a car and how he pushed the accelarator.

Some authors have this bad habit of writing as if their novel will be made into a movie. So they use a screenplay style of writing where everything is described as if its a movie scene.

If you read Robert Ludlum, you will realise that he tells a story and does add details about some action scenes, but in such a way that you still feel you are reading and not just watching a movie or reading a screen play.

One example is the book Angels and Demons. The story was so engrossing though fast paced that it never felt like a screenplay. On the other hand, there was this book called The Last Templar or something which was recently made into a TV movie and shown on NBC. I literally skipped pages at a time because it was all about action scenes and chases and fights. The story was only for about 40% of the book and the rest was stupid screen play. And yes, when I saw the movie on TV I realised that the book was all written like a screenplay. I dont like such books.

A very few exceptions to these rules are books like the Green Mile. When you read the book and then watch the movie, its like the book has come alive page by page. Maybe its the director's skill to make it like that.
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Re: How do you read a sentence?

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Some authors have this bad habit of writing as if their novel will be made into a movie. So they use a screenplay style of writing where everything is described as if its a movie scene.
I get what you mean. I have noticed that in some Jack Higgins books, specially the Sean Dillon series.

It is not only the descriptive part, but somehow the shallowness that gets my goat; an overabundance of one-liners, small paragraphs, as if the author has doubts about the reader's attention span.

I love Fyodor Dostoevsky, though sometimes his descriptions can go on for pages at a stretch, but you see, his descriptions tend to transport you to the site / event / person described.

Truthfully, how many of you really read Howard Roark's radio speech " I am John Galt" speech through and through, the first time you read it? I certainly didn't.. not till the, maybe 7th or the 8th reading.
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Re: How do you read a sentence?

You can tell the profession and nature of a person by how s/he formats sentences ... written and spoken. I tend to read just the way I write ... conversational ... like a professor speaking or reading to the students ... breaking down each sentence in to parts ... to be able to arrive at the gist ... gist of the words used ... and the intended intentions behind the words. ... not necessarily for emphasis.

Serves me well but does cause you problems on social and personal level when listening to people talk bull and crap.
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Re: How do you read a sentence?

I hate too many ellipses i.e. the three dots ... breaking up sentences. Its irritating.
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I hate too many ellipses i.e. the three dots ... breaking up sentences. Its irritating.
That is quite understandable, specially in formal, structured communications.

In informal, ex-tempore, conversational communications, it usually indicates thoughts running into each other. I usually discount ellipses.

I am still waiting for someone to point out the bloomer in my earlier post, #10 hereinabove
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I hate too many ellipses i.e. the three dots ... breaking up sentences. Its irritating.


Thats cause you are reading but what if you were to train yourself to hear them sentences? The words are all English, but they vary from profession to profession, written or spoken. Usage and formations sets us apart, otherwise we will just be peas in a pod. Mahrathi language is one and the same but dialects as spoken all over Maharashtra differ from area to area. Consider these ellipses dialects within the written language.

I didn't enjoy writing above ... not a bit ... now let's try conversational and fun way:

You are reading ... noh? ... now ... suppose if you tried and pretend to listen to the written words ... yeh ... I know ... takes effort. Sutradarji, I am using same words as you are ... my style sets me apart ... noh?

Take your own Mahratha language ... as an example ... do Mumbaikars speak semsem as in Kolhapur? No.

Now this was fun and easy on the fingers ... and the brain as well.
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I hate too many ellipses i.e. the three dots ... breaking up sentences. Its irritating.
On the contrary, I like it when the sentences are broken with three dots. I do it all the time
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