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194                  THE HUMANITY OF WORDS
statement is not useful as the basis of a verbal pattern, for a verbal pattern is an arrangement of parts that come to-gether to make something whole. With this in mind, I said to Pamie: "That's right, Pamie, as far as you go. But I'd like to know more. What was it that Jill told us about the dog?" Pamie was taking too much time to think, so Wendy, then six, popped up with this: "It's a story about how a dog got hurted and how he got saved." And it was, indeed. Here are formators which are held together in time. Yet the pattern is, also, closed sectional; closed, because these two sections make room for everything in the narration; sectional, because each part can be considered independently of the other, though both are in the same frame of reference ("It was about a dog"). Though only six years old, Wendy had made a verbal pattern altogether naturally.
D. Disjunctive sectional pattern
Everything that has been said about the conjunctive sectional pattern may be said of the disjunctive sectional pattern except that in the latter the parts are not only relatively independent of each other but mutually exclusive. The word "or" establishes the disjunctive relationship between the formators. Decision in re Plan i or decision in re Plan 2. In this working-title we have two sections; one must be accepted, the other rejected. We would probably use these formators to set up the pattern like this: