Old Information/New Information Order in a Sentence

If you want to make information clear to your reader, it is often useful to use the following structure:

  • the old (or known) information is placed at the beginning of the sentence
  • the new (or unknown) information is placed at the end of the sentence.

Example 1

Populations of co-existing, closely related, but diverging variants of HCV RNA molecules (Old information) are termed qausispecies (new information). Quasispecies (old information) occur in many RNA viruses (new information).

Old Information/New Information Example 2

Exercise: Practice Using Old/New Information



The following resources are useful guides for your assignment writing:

Manchester University Phrasebank

Connecting ideas in writing

The Academic Word List

Student Learning