English Style

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1869 edition. Excerpt: ...a panegyric of modern learning and knowledge in comparison of the ancients; and the other falls so grossly into the censure of the old poetry, and preference of the new, that I could not read either of these strains without indignation, which no quality among men is so apt to raise in me as sufficiency--the worst composition out of the pride and ignorance of mankind.' The proper close of this sentence is at the word 'indignation.' What is added is foreign to the purpose, and should be retrenched. STRENGTH IN SENTENCES. A sentence is said to possess strength when its words and clauses are so arranged as to convey the author's meaning most impressively. To effect this, 1, it should be cleared of all superfluous words. On this subject we have already made some observations under the head of 'Tautology, ' and therefore one or two more examples of redundancy will be here sufficient: --'This is so clear a proposition, that I rest the whole argument entirely upon it.' (Either ' whole ' or 'entirely' should be expunged.) 'Saul and his companions journeying along their way to Damascus.' (The words in italics are unnecessary.) Adjectives. 2. One cause of this form of diffusiveness is the immoderate use of adjectives. When judiciously applied, adjectives have a powerful influence in heightening and animating the expression; but when used unsparingly, they only overburden the sentence, without adding to its meaning, and show an affectation and a pedantic straining after effect. Such relative and general terms as ' great, ' 'good, ' &c., ought not to be used too lavishly. A 'great' argument would be often better a 'forcible ' or 'striking' argument; in a 'great' degree, better in a 'high' degree; 'good' measure may be 'full' measure, and a 'good' hand a...show more

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  • Paperback | 104 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 200g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236548752
  • 9781236548757