Vermont is a state that attracts visitors because of its winter sports. Overworked as a term of vague approval and with not of disapproval. If several expressions modify the same word, they should be arranged so that no wrong relation is suggested. Bread and butter was all she served. Her folks arrived by the afternoon train. It's a brief book, but includes some of the best advice on correct English rules of usage, commonly misused and misspelled words, and In the years since its original publishing, has been updated numerous times, and in 1935 E. Vi goro u s wri t i ng M an y expressions in common use v iolate th i s prin c i ple.
It is permissible to make an emphatic word or expression serve the purpose of a sentence and to punctuate i t accordingly: Again and again he called out. Because of i Ls hardness, this steel is used principally for making razors. Never call a stomach a tummy without good reason. An expression some times merely enjoys a vogue, much as an article of apparel does. At the present The E l e m e n t s of Style I 1 08 day there is practically unanimous agreement as to the spelling of most words. The number of the subject determines the number the verb.
He had fewer men than in the previous campaign. In scholarly work requiring exact references, abbreviate titles that occm frequently, giving the full forms in an alphabetical list at the end. Modem usage prefers second, third, and so on. Thus, life has been compared to a pilgrim age, to a drama, to a battle; Congress may be compared with the British Parliament. Any sentence in which the use of the possessive is awkward or impossible should of course be recast.
Mary Shelley's works are entertaining, for they are full of engaging ideas. The first means every other one in a series; the second, one of two possibilities. Dead leaves There were a great number of covered the ground. Formal quotations, cited as documentary evidence, are introduced by a colon and enclosed in quotation marks. Meantime, Professor Strunk had died. Whether you're a full-time writer or just need a few pointers to make your writing flow better, it's a great guide that's quick and easy to read.
The office and salesrooms are on the ground floor; the rest of the build ing is used for manufacturing. This is a common occurrence in all writing, and among the best writers. The unskilful writer often violates this principle, from a mistaken belief that he should constantly vary the form of his expressions. Acts of a hostile character Hostile acts Claim, vb. E ither you must grant his request or i ncur his ill will. Everyone in the communi ty, whether they are a member of the Association or not, is invited to attend.
The result, this quiet book, has been i n print for forty years, and has offered more than ten million writers a helping hand. He was the fortunate possessor of He owned Respective, respectively. This product of the system causes it an first and Other inflammation to be, but as the elements of matlab style it to provide on selected reviews. If those who have studied the art of writing are in accord on any one point, it is this: the surest way to arouse and hold the reader's attention is by being specific, definite, and concrete. The treatment of consonants in combination is best shown from examples: for-tune; pic-tme; sin-gle; presump-tuous; illus-tration; sub-stan tial either division ; indus-try; instruc-tion; sug-ges-tion; i ncen-diary. The approach to style is by way of plainness, simplicity, orderliness, sin cerity. She talked enthusiastically expressed en thusiasm about her new car.
If there is room at the end of a line for one or more syllables of a word, but not for the whole word, divide the word, unless this involves cutting off only a single letter, or cutting off only two let ters of a long word. On clo er examination, you will probably find that the difficulty is imaginary-that these twenty ideas can be classified into groups, and that you need apply the principle only within each group. It concentrates on fundamentals: the rules ofusage and principles of composition most commonly violated. He has had several years' experience and is thorough ly competent. I n the lefthand version of the first example, the reader has no way of knowing whether the stain was in the center of the rug or the rug was in the center of the room. The American Heritage Dictionary, Third Edition, gives nine. The Elements of Style, when I reexamined it in 1957, seemed to me to contain rich deposits of gold.
The two words are commonly interchanged, but there is a distinction worth observi ng: farther serves best as a distance word further as a time or quantity word. The reader will soon discover that these rules and principles are in the form of sharp commands, Sergeant Strunk snapping orders to his platoon. Plath was one of those modern poets who died young. Exception: If a great deal of annotati ng or editing is anticipated, the lefthand mmgin should be roomy enough to accommodate this work. Wondering irresol u te l y what to do next, the clock struck twelve. All writing is communication; creative writing is communication through revela tion-it is the Self escaping into the open.
In the names of business firms the last comma is usually omitted. Facts of composition and publication. Intended for use in which the practice of composition is combined with the study of literature, it gives in brief space the prinicipal requirements of plain English style and concentrates attention on the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated. So vast and rude, fretted by the action of nearly three thousand years, the fragments of this architecture may often seem, at first sight, like works of nature. Place a comma before a conju nction i ntroducing an.