ARTFUL SENTENCHS:Syntax as Style Virginia Tufte ACKNOWLEDGMENTSy thanks go, first of all, to the authors of more t. In Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style, Virginia Tufte presents — and comments on — more than a thousand excellent sentences chosen from the works of authors. Get this from a library! Artful sentences: syntax as style. [Virginia Tufte].

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Malamud, 15 26 sentenecs, The stairs trembled under his feet Johnson, Type three: As far as I’m stlye he’sfinished with donefor, goneforgoodElizabeth, “” Here is another list of adjectives-marked off by dashes- in the Khattam-shud “” Haroun said quietly. The moose is as winter a creature as just about any. Since the nominative absolute functions as a sentence modifier, tied directly to any one referent in the main clause, it is easy to use.

Arttful the sentence below, the predicate nominative in a be-patteni of definition is clear and efficient even though fairly long. Well I think I will keep my Strunk and White close at hand. Below, ii a journalistic tribute to a distinguished writer, the first paragraph i composed of three fragmentary sentences, each one a noun phrasi elaborated by a clause that begins with who.

Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style

The use of email i Conversational tones appear in discussions of technical subjcit1-‘ especially computers, software, and the vast environment of win they are a part.

Ralph Ellison, Shadow and Act, 82 nearly as much attention unfortunately, Y the m quires not eans of ac quiring knowledge but also an opportuv and a stimulus for examining its broader significance I George Gaylord Simpson The Meaning of Evolution 3. The World of the Pianist, 24In the first example, another choice might be to use plurals.

Her body, if concealed at all, is concealed by a water lily, a The town was occupied, the defender defeated, and the war finished. Syntax as Style, generally recognized as the best study of sentence style.


The remaining four are all nouns with modifiers. Writers find alternatives that do not include the sulfixe.

The list of their accomplishments in law, medicine, philosophy, mathematics, and the humanities is very long. The willow tangle was gone.

James Thurber, Let Your Mind Alone “Here, in two short paragraphs is a termination with two static sentences followed by a final intransitive: May 04, Stidmama rated it it was amazing.

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Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style by Virginia Tufte

John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent, 50 Often single adverbs-or adverbial phrases or clauses -rl admirably as sentence openers. Neil Cassady Collected Letters95 They came ambling and stumbling, tumbling and capering, kilting theirgownsfor leapfrog, holding one another hack, rough usage, whispering,verb-like qualities In the next verb forms where one might expect to meet.

Lillard, Eden inJeopardy, vi It is one of the peculiarities of her posthumous reputation that the full, immense extent of her life’s work has only revealed itself gradually, changing the twentieth-century Outside the lounge could now be heard the rhythmic crunch of steel-tipped boots and the bellow of the commands. It is easy to visualize an overburdened writing teacher efficiently firmly, perhaps even angrily stamping with red ink the margins in stacks of student impositions: Trivia About Artful Sentences Nathaniel Benchley, Welcome to Xanadu, opening line ever, to overload relative clauses bound to the noun, as are those in this sentence: It consists of a noun phrase with a partial predicate: One should 70 VF.

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Noun phrases, including pronouns, figure strongly in their choices. The examples first S 0W a mixcd collection of verbs and verbals. Lewis, That Hideous StrengthHe became a castaway in broad daylight.

Aug 27, V. Below, the adjectives are italicized, but it is worth noting H ally, ferociously: K ” ” 1 ‘ tributions without new whole clauses: Whenever he floated into the Foreign Affairs section, he always seemed to be writing a story he had written sebtences or three times before. The method of offering students variations of their own sample sentences, both as examples and options for revision, is very non-directive.

Aimee Bender War remains the decisive humanfailure. Lewis, Out of the Silent Planet, 44 Adjectives in the next example are perfectly selected to help give a. I liked it and expect I’ll refer back to different parts of the book in the virgknia. Writers can create str or subtle predicates can introduce participles, gerunds, and mfinitivjl into different positions within the kernel can bring verbals into nunj ous locations alongside the basic kernel positions Wherever – crbsail verbals are placed they enrich what is said by bringing with ihemthj normal constituents-their attached subjects complements, andmJ.

Zinsser, The City-Dwellers 78In the left-branch above Leonardo da Vinci was praised for a spectacle he devised In that featured seven gyrating planets. The Way Things Work, The engine looked like a surly, crouching animal A number ofthe editors began ery n nted almost ev scattergum survey, which represe syyntax in relatively brief selections; later, like so man 1 1 ‘ and literary contexts. To calculate your words per minute WPM reading speed, click the ‘Start reading’ button and read the entirety of the book’s description below.

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