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How to Write Clearly / Rules and Exercises on English Composition

keziahcodinohas quoted7 days ago
writer must have eyes to see the vivid side of everything, as well as words to describe what he sees.
keziahcodinohas quoted7 days ago
Writing clearly—so far as arrangement of words is concerned—is a mere matter of adverbs, conjunctions, prepositions, and auxiliary verbs, placed and repeated according to definite rules.[
keziahcodinohas quoted7 days ago
The art of writing forcibly is, of course, a valuable acquisition—almost as valuable as the art of writing clearly. But forcible expression is not, like clear expression, a mere question of mechanism and of the manipulation of words; it is a much higher power, and implies much more.

Writing clearly does not imply thinking clearly.
keziahcodinohas quoted7 days ago
Force, elegance, and variety
karishshahas quoted8 months ago
"Only"; the strict rule is that "only" should be placed before the word it affects.
karishshahas quoted8 months ago
Emphatic words must stand in emphatic positions; i.e., for the most part, at the beginning or the end of the sentence.
15 a. Unemphatic words must, as a rule, be kept from the end. Exceptions.
karishshahas quoted8 months ago
Adverbs should be placed next to the words they are intended to qualify.
karishshahas quoted8 months ago
Where there are several infinitives, those that are dependent on the same word must be kept distinct from those that are not.
karishshahas quoted8 months ago
Suspense is gained by placing a Participle or Adjective, that qualifies the Subject, before the Subject.
karishshahas quoted8 months ago
Do not use "and which" for "which."
karishshahas quoted8 months ago
Do not mix metaphor with literal statement.
karishshahas quoted8 months ago
The connection between two long sentences or paragraphs sometimes requires a short intervening sentence showing the transition of thought.
karishshahas quoted8 months ago
Avoid Verbal Nouns where Verbs can be used.
karishshahas quoted8 months ago
Words should be as near as possible to the words with which they are grammatically connected.
karishshahas quoted8 months ago
The connection between different sentences must be kept up by Adverbs used as Conjunctions, or by means of some other connecting words at the beginning of the sentence.
karishshahas quoted8 months ago
Clauses that are grammatically connected should be kept as close together as possible. Avoid parentheses. But see 55.
athina von Piraeushas quotedlast year
Hence forcible writing, and of course tasteful writing also, is far less a matter of rules than is clear writing; and hence, though forcible writing is exemplified in the exercises, clear writing occupies most of the space devoted to the rules.
Justine Kakokohas quoted3 years ago
The writer must have eyes to see the vivid side of everything, as well as words to describe what he sees.
paintchloehas quoted6 years ago
so far at least as
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