By Virginia Tufte
In Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style,Virginia Tufte exhibits how regular sentence styles and kinds give a contribution to which means and artwork in additional than one thousand terrific sentences from the 20 th and twenty-first centuries. The booklet has precise curiosity for aspiring writers, scholars of literature and language, and someone who unearths pleasure in studying and writing.
". . . Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style, often well-known because the top examine of sentence style."--Brooks Landon, college of Iowa, in Building worthy Sentences, page 122.<span><span> </span></span>
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It is much easier if, from the start, one writes without using masculine pronouns generically. Once they have been written, they are like weeds, hard to dig out. First-person pronouns can be very effective in autobiographical writing. Below, they join with other pronouns to help the author share her deep feeling and experience as she describes her work just after the events of September 11, 2001: Compiling this book quickly in the strange awful time that dawned on us last September became for me a way of surviving that time, and in the process I reopened in my own veins the intimate connection between the will to survive and the need to feel useful to something or someone beyond myself...
W. Somerset Maugham, The Summing Up, 88 The paragraph below consists of one sentence. Except for the six words in the main clause, it is all one long noun phrase appositive, seventy-one words: He taught Russian at Waindell College, a somewhat provincial institution characterized by an artificial lake in the middle of a landscaped campus, by ivied galleries connecting the various halls, by passing on the torch of knowledge from Aristotle, Shakespeare, and Pasteur to a lot of monstrously built farm boys and farm girls, and by a huge, active, buoyantly thriving German Department which its Head, Dr.
Nobody to shake a stick at. Nobody's garbage to pick up after. Only a house quiet as snow, a space for myself to go, clean as paper before the poem. Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street, 108 Noun phrases as appositives and nominative absolutes Noun phrases of the sort occasionally punctuated as fragments often function as appositives, separated from their surroundings by a dash or a comma. Below, a noun phrase appositive comes at the climax of the sentence, as is often the case: Despite its great variety of natural wonders, California is best known to many outsiders for just one thing earthquakes.
Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style by Virginia Tufte