I have never been in the pl ace bef ore; beside s, it was da rk as a tomb. Intended for use in which the practice of composition is combined with the study of literature, it gives in brief space the principal requirements of plain English style and concentrates attention on the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated. The first section on basic grammar rules is the most susceptible to the English textbook problem. The section on misused words and expressions sounds like a boring laundry list and is anything but. Although allegory was originally and traditionally character based, modern allegories tend to parallel story and theme. .
Use figures of speech sparingly. The Elements of Style Summary English professor William Strunk Jr. Unders tandi ng is th at penet rati ng quali ty of k nowle dge that grows from theory , practice, con viction, assertion, error, and humiliation. Corre ct: Th e bitter sweet f lavors of yout h- its t rials , its joy s, its adventures, its challenges- is not soon forgotten. When the connective is an, the comma should be omitted if the relation between the two statements is close or immediate.
I am old school in the sense that I believe in the reality of sin, and in the need of each human heart for deliverance to the Divine. It is, of course, equally correct to write each of these as two sentences, replacing the semicolons with period. A participial phrase at the beginning of a sentence must refer to the grammatical subject. Her mental instability and necrophilia have made her an emblematic Southern Gothic heroine. Hor ace Ful som e, Ph. Gerunds usually require the possessive case. A Court in Germany ordered that access to certain items in the Project Gutenberg collection are blocked from Germany.
You can also Want to improve your English in 5 minutes a day? So much for that expectation. Nonres trict ive rel ative c lauses are par enthet ic and is one that does not serve to identify or define the antecedent noun: 1. Each bullet makes a single important point. Do not break sentences in two. There are many entries like this.
The story is short, made up of a series of short paragraphs, many of which consist of just two or three sentences. Use the proper case of pronoun. Participial phrases preceded by a conjunction or by a preposition, nouns in apposition, adjectives, and adjective phrases come under the same rule if they begin the sentence. The short, dense structure mirrors the intense hour Louise spends contemplating her new independence. Join two independent clauses with a colon if the second interprets or amplifies the first.
This is the version printed today; the fourth edition also has a forward, an introduction by White, an afterword, and a very useful glossary. Despite its prosaic appearance, it is the best section of the book. But the writing is clear and concise, every rule has examples, and there is an excellent section on the proper use of colons English's forgotten punctuation mark. Use the word not as a means of denial or in antithesis, never as a means of evasion. Use a singul ar ver b for m af ter e ach either , eve ryone, every body , neither, nobody, someone 1. This type of narrator usually jumps around within the text, following one character for a few pages or chapters, and then switching to another character for a few pages, chapters, etc.
White, who many years later wrote an article about Strunk for the New Yorker magazine. The approach to style is by way of plainness, simplicity, orderliness, sincerity. Faulkner has appropriated the image of the damsel in distress and transformed it into Emily, a psychologically damaged spinster. Words and Expressions Commonly Misused V. No perspective - there is no sense of depth; everything looks flat. Structure fiction - The way that the writer arranges the plot of a story.
If a conjunction is inserted, the proper mark is a comma. The original Elements of Style was a textbook written by William Strunk Jr. Write with nouns and verbs. I still have mine from the 10th grade. After Strunk died in 1946, essayist E. I love being corrected and finding out new things.
That honor is debatable, and its closest challenger is the next, White's addition on style. Do not construct awkward adverbs. Some phrases such as Moses' Laws are replaced as the laws of Moses. Faulkner, with his dense and multilayered prose, traditionally stands outside this group of practitioners. The Elements of Style William Strunk, Jr.