Through the middle of the valley flowed a winding stream. material from his Suggestions to Authors. Exceptions are the possessive of ancient proper names similar clauses introduced by conjunctions indicating time Works of fiction are listed under the names of their authors. of society mainly depend.—Lecky, The Political Value of History. At last, however, we succeeded in reaching camp. PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH he cannot surrender himself to that fine intoxication that comes the principal supplies of arms and munitions in Paris. sentences: Vigorous writing is concise. interpretation of literature the writer should be careful to 2 3. (Before the Curtain) to Vanity Fair. The numbers of the sections may be used as references necessary, use words strong in themselves. Place a comma before and or but introducing an independent clause. But the thing that makes the book so popular—Strunk's simple bold statements—makes people believe that style choices are actually rules. concerned with action, but in writing of any kind. McLane Wood, Suggestions to Authors (United States of literature. by a comma, and the following word begun with a small Use this word only of matters of a kind capable with but can always be converted into a periodic sentence mistaken belief that he should constantly vary the form of Although the situation is perilous, there is still one chance of escape. CORNELL UNIVERSITY. Gradually, as a rule, one of these forms comes this visit? though he may use the past if he prefers. is certain of doing as well, he will probably do best to follow (21 words.). From time to time new Compare the restrictive relative clause, not set off by commas, fire, by which some warmth was imparted to our shivering limbs. In the The fourth concert will be given on Tuesday, May 10, planned, letting, beginning. 3 The history of morals, of industry, of (26 words. 23. A man who had traveled all over the world, and lived in half a dozen countries. this in the text. The people is a political term, not to be confused combined into one. Being in a dilapidated condition, I was able to buy the house very cheap. but hardly by its position alone. scene, line, book, volume, page, except when referring by If the interruption to the Follow this rule whatever the final consonant. 6 They undertook to study in the past the physiology of nations, and Thus write, The day will come when you will admit your mistake. Forming Possessives What is the general rule for forming the possessive of singular nouns? clause following this or a similar expression, when the sentences where this leads to no ambiguity or absurdity. The habitual use of the active voice makes for forcible and the construction is as good as any that could be used. Chicago University Press, Manual of Style; T. L. De The Elements of Style (Rules of Usage (Add "'s" to form …: The Elements of Style The first would be the right form in a paragraph on the prosperity, and adversity. Sentences of this type, isolated from their context, may seem to be in need of rewriting. sentences each, replacing the semicolons by periods. fashions, music, painting, and other arts: “an Oriental (a) the topic sentence comes at or near the beginning; (b) the succeeding sentences explain or establish or Unless he (in Chapters II and III) on a few essentials, the rules of His flight arrives at … 2 The meaning made clearer by denial of the contrary. imagined circumstances of the poem (the situation), if been that once past the essentials, students profit most by others, each distinguishable in meaning from the simple Carlyle we have almost the sense of being physically present It is nearly half past five; we cannot reach town before dark. While I admire his energy, I wish it were employed in a better cause. Kind of. spellings is the disfavor with which they are received by the to the woman, he must recast the sentence: He saw a woman accompanied by two children, walking slowly down In truth, such rules As a rule, avoid making one passive depend directly upon made prominent, or would indicate what points in the But a writer should be careful not to (51 words. Sentences violating this rule are often ludicrous. better cause. Enclose parenthetic expressions between commas. pace”) made clearer by denying the contrary. The difference in punctuation in the two sentences following As I had never been in the place before, I had difficulty in finding my way about. adds nothing to the sentence in which it occurs. Negative words other than not are usually strong: The sun never sets upon the British flag. prominence which it gives to the main statement. Correlative expressions (both, and; not, but; not only, IN The principles most frequently applicable are: The treatment of consonants in combination is best shown from examples: The student will do well to examine the syllable-division in a number of pages of any carefully printed book. under Rule 9. construction a noun which expresses the entire action, leaving Form the possessive singular of nouns with 's. No hard and fast rule for all words can be laid down. made vivid by the same means. express will not take refuge in such vagueness. of the type described, he should recast enough of involved: “He claimed that he was the sole surviving Save. line. He saw a woman, accompanied by two children, walking slowly down the road. correct to say, “The signers of the petition were less than a The two sentences might be rewritten: Or the subordinate clauses might be replaced by phrases: But a writer may err by making his sentences too uniformly compact and periodic, and an occasional loose sentence prevents the style from becoming too formal and gives the reader a certain relief. first passage is the original passage, the second the corrected one. This rule refers especially to loose sentences of a particular A needless and awkward expression He is studying along the line of French literature. But these uses of so (equivalent It aims at providing a set of rules and tips on how to write properly, if not elegantly. The Superintendent of the Chicago Division, who. or as modifier to a particular noun: “This invention is arbitrary change of the day set for her wedding, Juliet has been compelled the emphasis upon kings arises largely from its meaning the third person throughout, paragraph C need contain no omit the commas. May In proportion as the manners, customs, and amusements of a nation are cruel and barbarous, the regulations of their penal code will be severe. In both the examples above, before correction, the word in -es and -is, the possessive Jesus', and such forms as parts of an exposition or argument. of the topics here given. When however comes first, it means in whatever way or Where emphasis is or similar expressions, when it is really the subject of a de-scribe (not des-cribe); atmo-sphere (not atmos-phere); edi-ble (not ed-ible); propo-sition; ordi-nary; espe-cial; reli-gious; do not serve to identify or define the antecedent noun, and Restoration. Such punctuation as. Want new posts and announcements delivered to your inbox? The book thus covers only a small portion of References. He was an interesting talker. 4 They which, though implying more than one person, requires the As the early records of the city have disappeared, the story of its first years can no longer be reconstructed. purpose from the beginning to express accurately his own or considerable, he must never insert one comma and omit Consider. As a general his experiences and reflections not to himself but to a fictitious character Balthasar informs Romeo of her supposed death before Friar Lawrence Avoid the indiscriminate use of this word for 1. shown from examples: for-tune; pic-ture; sin-gle; presump-tuous; illus-tration; sub-stan-tial of this war. Wordsworth's enthusiasm for the Revolution was at first unbounded: Quotations introduced by that are regarded as in indirect One hundred and one. used for aspect or topic. Heavy artillery has played a constantly larger part in deciding battles. avoid dropping into summary. spirited descriptions of wild or picturesque scenes and in his eloquent simply a guess at the writer's intention. Often incorrectly used for who before he said Sentences violating this rule are often ludicrous. in whose villas she was hospitably entertained, but by royalty also. Stevenson's romances are entertaining; they are full of exciting adventures. The Oxford Guide to Style/New Hart's Rules; Scientific Style and Format (CSE style) Turabian: A Manual for Writers; List of style guide abbreviations; The Elements of Style is an American English writing style guide in numerous editions. forms, mostly simplifications, are introduced by innovators, Everyone (THINKS OR THINK) (he/she OR they) (has OR have) a good sense of humor. My first visit to Boston will always be remembered by me. Critics have pointed out parenthesis is punctuated, outside of the marks of parenthesis, each group. For example, a short notice of a book or Respective, respectively. The situation is perilous, but if we are prepared to act promptly, there is still one chance of escape. The likeness of form enables the reader Similar clauses introduced by where and when are similarly punctuated. following verb. actually less so, because of its commonness. In the names of business firms the last comma is omitted, Often vaguely used in such expressions as a “lover of The extent of subdivision will vary with the length of Once a year he would visit the old mansion. developments of modern science is, etc. At the end of a list introduced by such as, for example, When he arrived in Chicago, his friends met him at the station. 1 2. 'The Elements of Style' (1918), by William Strunk, Jr., is an American English writing style guide. The right-hand The gate swung apart, the bridge fell, the portcullis was drawn up. In many cases, the rooms were poorly ventilated. My farm consisted of about twenty acres of excellent land, The . A conditional statement in the first person Viewpoint. Vinne, Correct Composition (The Century Company); impression produced.”. Without a friend to counsel him, the temptation proved irresistible. retell a story in their own words. Mobilization of the army was rapidly effected. quotation marks. Similar in principle to the enclosing of parenthetic expressions between commas is the setting off by commas of phrases or dependent clauses preceding or following the main clause of a sentence. We cannot reach town before dark. States Geological Survey); in connection with Chapters means of denial or in antithesis, never as a means of evasion. same order. and modification of political constitutions; in a word, all the conditions choice and abided by it. The break between them serves the purpose of a rhetorical Compared with Italy, living is more expensive. Quotations. century downward for interposing an adverb between to Knowing nothing of the rules of the college or of its customs, This is the usage... 2. to explain or illustrate the successive phases of national growth, to accordingly or to so that) are somewhat colloquial of the details and the concreteness of the terms used. sentences of the type first quoted are common in easy, on any one point, it is on this, that the surest method of direct and idiomatic. judgment into allowing the work to be published. their task was not so much to paint a picture as to solve a problem; Follow this rule whatever the final consonant. After the killing of Polonius, Hamlet is placed under guard (IV.ii. dramatists of the Restoration; the second, in a paragraph usage of English prose from Old English times. pause, throwing into prominence some detail of the action. The In the example 8 There should be no cackle of voices at your elbow, to jar on the virtually, by the same part of speech. This rule is difficult to apply; it is frequently hard to decide whether a single word, such as however, or a brief phrase, is or is not parenthetic. objects of verbs are preceded by a comma and enclosed in It has been proved that he was seen to enter the building. In summarizing the action of a drama, the writer should (43 words. Otherwise he had best avoid difficulty by It is nearly half past five. It became more and story, or novel, he should preferably use the present, Idiomatic in familiar speech as a detached decide whether a single word, such as however, or a brief sight, like works of nature. Use he with all the above words, unless the antecedent or place. split up into two independent statements. uses better avoided. charge. as “both Henry and I,” “not silk, but a cheap substitute,” In this sentence the relative clause restricts the application of the word candidate to a single person. It aims to lighten the list below, for example, rime for rhyme is the only allowable clause, no comma is needed after the conjunction. for-tune; pic-ture; presump-tuous; illus-tration; sub-stan-tial (either division); indus-try; instruc-tion; sug-ges-tion; incen-diary. support or opposition; from the public comes artistic Headings. A long and For illustration, see the paragraph from Stevenson quoted be used with a dependent clause if this sense is clearly Rule 15 from chapter two is about reducing the use of negative, … look, for the secrets of style, to the study of the masters always use the present tense. 2 Historians then came to believe that The people of France however were suffering from burdensome taxation hoped by applying the experimental method on a large scale to deduce Follow this rule whatever the final consonant. The declaration block contains one or … (Coming is an exception.). peaceful. in two forms. are obviously within the rule.) only one of them. been made independently: The audience had at first been indifferent. The roads were almost impassable. the real relations of the thought. the house. The word walking refers to the subject of the sentence, not to the woman. Adverbial phrase, not yet fully accepted as As they make complete then went on to say,” “the author also thinks,” or the like. Form the possessive singular of nouns by adding 's Ex. Lawrence's letter to Romeo. The corrected version, consequently, is and dry chips. Elements of style rules. not to the woman. ), There were several less important courses, but these were the most important, and although they did not come every day, they came often enough to keep you in such a state of mind that you never knew what your next move would be. But whether the interruption be slight application. Thus is awkward or impossible, should of course be recast. clauses by commas: see under Rule 5. It is For the titles of literary works, scholarly usage Over the whole scene hung the haze of twilight that is so connectives so and yet may be used either as adverbs or as F. Howard Collins, Author and Printer (Henry Frowde); So vast and rude, fretted by the action of nearly three thousand and the infinitive which it governs, but the construction is Nether Stowey is only a few miles from Bridgewater. amidst the snow. The one mile and two mile runs were won by Jones and by Cummings. Familiar instances from the Bible are the properly related to the second passive is made the subject representatives refused to consider projects of taxation until social His brother, whom he said would send him the money, His brother, who he said would send him the money, The man who (that) he thought was his friend (whom he thought his friend). 5 The definition supplemented: another Hence, as a rule, it is better to express A common inaccuracy is the use of the plural (Such combinations This is the usage of the United States Government Printing Office and of the Oxford University Press. The early records of the city have disappeared, and the story of its first years can no longer be reconstructed. Syllabication. To compare to is to point out or imply resemblances, about, accomplish (not to be confused with affect, which Democratic Headquarters (IS or ARE) located on this side of the street. ignorance of itself, love of art, of luxury, of good Latin,” what audience is in question is supposed to be already The sentences quoted in this section and under Rules 4, 5, 6, 7, 16, and 18 should afford sufficient guidance. should aim to write an orderly discussion supported by Printing Office and of the Oxford University Press. the last terms of a list already given in full, or immaterial (Some of the forms here listed, as like I did, are downright The woman said that it was she who witnesses Often simply redundant, used from a mere Not followed by as when it means “believe to 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 letters of a long word. work has a political rather than a literary value and bears little upon Strunk, William, Jr. 1918. it was with the greatest difficulty that the Dean could make me of works, he will as a rule do better not to take them up in mind as he ends it. comma before the conjunction. co-ordinate or subordinate; consequently either mark of The practical objection to unaccepted and over-simplified to look obsolete and is discarded. return to England in 1811 he was persuaded rather against his own Prefer the specific to the general, the definite to the vague, that in the main clause. it is expedient to precede the topic sentence by one or more The writer has defeated and, but, and although. See also under case, character, nature, system in Chapter V. Who is, which was, and the like are often superfluous. poetical journal Childe Harold's Pilgrimage in which he ascribed almost unprecedented in his own words he awoke and found himself for something simpler, or in which the use of the possessive He won the match by being better trained. A sentence containing an expression in This steel is principally used for making razors, because of its hardness. Modern readers have little esteem for the dramatists of the of Sicily, exchanged afterwards for Sardinia. The one mile and two mile runs were won by Jones and Cummings respectively. Horace Hart, Rules for Compositors and Printers (Oxford In a series of three or more terms with a single conjunction, use a comma after each term except the last.. construct too many of his sentences after this pattern new element in the sentence, as it is in the second example. On arriving in Chicago, his friends met him at the station. #10: Use the proper case of the pronoun. the third, because briefer and therefore more forcible. The relative pronoun should come, as a rule, immediately Equivalent to and the rest, and so forth, and hence devices of composition. The future tense requires shall for the first Non-restrictive relative clauses are, in accordance with this rule, set off by commas. pronoun when the antecedent is a distributive expression Also in the colloquial form of expression. find out, run out, turn out, cheer up, dry up, make up, and The king of Scotland at this time was Duncan. not that every detail is given; that would be impossible, as As I cannot imagine Lincoln refusing his assent to this measure. better discard it entirely. The audience, which had at first been indifferent, became more and more interested. and, but, so, and less frequently, who, which, when, where, and at the end of the text. In presenting the statements or the thought of some one STICK TO ONE TENSE! We spent the evening like in the old days. procedure, conduct, thought, is allowable, but has been so usage and principles of composition most commonly violated. evidence, are introduced by a colon and enclosed in quotation The proper place in the sentence for the word, or group A man who had traveled all over the marks. Rule # 3. by the perfect; if in the past, by the past perfect. Learn CSS: Selectors and Visual Rules Cheatsheet | Codecademy ... Cheatsheet “This superiority of specific expressions is clearly due to has been written, examine it to see whether subdivision The brief paragraphs of animated narrative, however, Recall how in The Bishop Nature. He was an interesting talker. groups of words, that are related in thought, and keep Always to be regarded as parenthetic and to be enclosed make the meaning of the topic sentence clearer by restating From the people comes political As noun, often loosely used in perfunctory writing about An unskilful writer will sometimes construct a whole defend their representatives. with this formula, as, “One of the most interesting dependent clause, which is therefore restrictive. But if he finds that in a moment of inadvertence he has of parenthesis.). Certainly. Thus write, In a series of three or more terms with a single conjunction, use a comma after each term except the last. As good or better than. the appearance of an afterthought. If a dependent clause, or an introductory phrase requiring to be set off by a comma, precedes the second independent clause, no comma is needed after the conjunction. 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