The Tyler P. Fick Writing Center Brush up Your Syntax! Are you tired of the same old sentences? Are you tired of the repeated Subject-Verb, SubjectVerb syntax? It is time to brush up your syntax by trying a few new sentence patterns. Are you ready? Try imitating each of the sentences below. Just use each pattern to write a new sentence of your own! The Semicolon Sentence Some people dream of being something; others stay awake and are. The Elliptical Sentence [a sentence in which the verb in the second clause is replaced by a comma] A red light means stop; a yellow light, go very fast. The Colon Sentence [What comes after the colon explains what comes before--a favorite SAT syntax.] Weekdays are very similar to identical suitcases: they are all the same size, but some people can pack more into them than others. The Sentence Using a Series without a Conjunction The coach is loud, profane, demonstrative; he has again been trapped, caught, humiliated.