What is the importance of syntax in a literary work?
Syntax can give us as readers a glimpse into the personality of a character or of an author. A Character who has long winded dialogue combined with dramatic word choice can be characterized as maybe a more expressive or emotional character, whereas a character with short, simple sentences can be seen as more logical or succinct. When it comes to the way the author writes, it can tell us the author's motivations in a passage or the message he or she might be trying to convey to the reader.
What does non-binary mean?
Non-binary is a concept that can be difficult to grasp since we are taught to dichotomize so many things. Basically, being non-binary means not being male or female. The binary in this situation is the set definitions of what it means to be male and what it means to be female. So, to not exist in either of those boxes is a way to describe non-binary when it comes to gender. Of course, this concept exists outside just gender terms.
I don't understand why certain crimes get a higher sentence in one place and a lower sentence in another?
Well, to start out, different crimes fall under different jurisdictions. Municipal, State, and Federal laws can determine the seriousness of the crime and the severity of punishment. The reason why the same crime can get two different sentences in two different places is because State and Municipal laws can differ. Let's say that you (this is just an example, not accurate to real law) steal a car in Indiana and get 15 years in jail. Then, your friend steals a car in Illinois and they only get 5 years. This is because Indiana has harsher laws pertaining to car theft. Indiana also has more mandatory minimum sentences, meaning that the minimum amount of years in jail a person can get for stealing a car might be 15 years, whereas in Illinois it could be much less.