Persuasion: beginning or end?
Experts and stylists disagree about this point: What sentence location carries the most emphasis--the beginning or the end?
Here are some examples of both approaches. To emphasize "intent"--
- To properly apply the legal standard, the court must focus on the actor's intent.
- The actor's intent must remain the court's focus if it is to apply the legal standard properly.
To emphasize "deception"--
- When GenCorp told Mr. Mills he was fired for health reasons, it committed deception.
- The deception arose when GenCorp told Mr. Mills he was fired for health reasons.
To emphasize "Rule 16"--
- The only authority for making a competency determination is Rule 16.
- Rule 16 is the only authority for a making a competency determination.
Most experts say the end of the sentence is the most emphatic point. For example, Strunk & White favor the end of the sentence for emphasis. The Elements of Style at 32.
Others favor the beginning.
What do you think?