Music in Words

English, like other languages, likes beautiful sounds. Play with order in your Musicsentences.

Go from short to long, simple to compound.

Count the syllables

  •  bananas and plums                                          plums and bananas
  • Chevies, Fords, and Toyotas                        Fords, Chevies, and Toyotas
  • Vancouver, Surrey, and Hope                        Hope, Surrey, and Vancouver

 Sentence StructureCount the words

  •  The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, It, and Jurassic Park                    It, Jurassic Park, and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.
  •  Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and King Lear.                         Macbeth, King Lear, and Romeo and Juliet.

 Put compound elements last

 liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and life                       life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness

 Now we understand that:

  • the shorter goes before the longer
  • fewer letters before more letters.


  • It’s as simple as the bees and the birds.
  • It’s as easy as cream and peaches.
  • Remember this rule when you read about myrrh, gold, and frankincense.

Sometimes rules don’t work very well.Sentence Stuctue


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