There are few
Special-Sentences which are too commonly used but which are grammatically and idiomatically correct.

1. “The more….the more" & “the more…the less"

We have seen earlier that the two part sentences should be connected through an appropriate conjunction, or should be divided by semicolon or colon.

But there is one type of sentence to which this rule does not apply.


The more I talk to him, the more I am impressed with his knowledge.

This sentence is a two-part sentences, but this one does not have a conjunction such as ‘and’ or ‘or’. But his sentence is grammatically correct.

• The less we talk about your friend, the better it is for all of us.
• The greater your score in GMAT, the greater is your chance of securing admission in MBA in USA.
• The farther your house from downtown, the less the rent you have to pay for it.
• The faster the population increases, the slower is the country’s economic growth.

You can see how these are Special-Sentences.

2. Proper noun in plural number.

A proper noun usually denotes a unique person, and must be in singular in number. But there is one type of sentence In which a proper noun can also be used in its plural forms.


• India now has no Gandhis or Nehrus to establish high standard in public life.
• We have no Lincolns or Luther Kings to serve the man-kind.

3. Noun in apposition to the subject:

According to conventional grammar, a noun should usually be connected to another noun through a preposition or a conjunction.

But there is one type of sentence in which no such intermediate words are necessary.


• A true Gandhian, Bhave lived a Spartan life and traveled only on foot.
• A born mathematical genius, Ramanujam got his ERS at the age of 28.

You can see how these are Special-Sentences.

4. Special types of Adverbial phrases and clauses:


• However much the government tries, the decennial increase in population cannot be brought down below 20%.
• Contrary to conventional wisdom, the people of this state are bothered about corruption in public life.
• Whatever justifications you may have, I do not agree with you actions.

5. Subjunctive sentences starting with ‘should’ and ‘were’.


• Should the present rate population increase continue for another fifty years, India would have a population of 2 billions.
• Should you continue to neglect your studies, you would fail in the annual examinations.
• Were the sun to rise in the west, I would have its rays strike my bed in the morning.
• Should the ozone layer be depleted at the same rate as at present, the sea level would rise by a foot?

All these sentences are peculiar in nature, but they are grammatically correct one.

You too should formulate such sentences in your written communications so that your language skills will be sharpened.

You can see how these are Special-Sentences.

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