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What is the definition of syntax?

The definition of syntax is the arrangement of words to make a sentence.

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Syntax is the way authors or speakers arrange their words to form a sentence. Sentence length is an oft-manipulated aspect of syntax. Short sentences heighten a passage’s tension or pacing, while longer sentences prompt readers to slow down and consider what is being written more closely.

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