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For writers, the sentence is the construction site. It's where you put on your hard hat and do the work of fitting and refitting, polishing and sanding, until to have something that is ... you know what? This sentence has gone on way too long.
Sentences are still the basic unit of communication for all of us, unless it is early in the morning, in which case grunts and monosyllabic utterances are acceptable.
If we think of someone as well spoken, chances are good that he or she is speaking in complete sentences. Even most jokes depend, to some degree or other, on the sentence to carry their meaning. Sentences can have beauty, and they can also be quite ugly. One could argue that it is less and less necessary with each passing year to write good sentences in order to have literary career. So today, on the Colin McEnroe Show, we bring together three people care passionately about the strengths and weaknesses of sentences in the English language.