In relaxed speech, however, the words shall and will are seldom used precisely; our ear guides us or fails to guide us, as the case may be, and we are quite likely to drown when we want to survive and survive when we want to drown. He and editor Edward A. The difference between a verbal participle and a gerund is not always obvious, but note what is really said in each of the following. This is much better than My first visit to Boston will always be remembered by me. Because the text of Strunk's original is now in the and freely available on the Internet, publishers can and do reprint it in book form. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
The playwright went home and lay down. If your every sentence admits a doubt, your writing will lack authority. The Elements of Style is old and strict. Thousands of them perish in obscurity, a few are great names. Gerunds usually require the possessive case.
In the last example, whoever is the subject of looks idle; the object of the preposition to is the entire clause whoever looks idle. My brother anticipated the upturn in the market. Let's talk it over between us, then, you and me. Each version is correct, and each, for some reason that we can't readily put our finger on, is marked for oblivion. Leave a blank line, or its equivalent in space, after the heading.
Yet nearly always is as good, if not better. She has headquarters in Newark. You raise a pup tent from one sort of vision, a cathedral from another. I have no doubt but that I have no doubt that He could not help but see that He could not help seeing that The too-frequent use of but as a conjunction leads to the fault discussed under Rule 18. Read on for five tips to improve your business writing, courtesy of Strunk and White. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
I was left with an uneasy sense that this was a simplistic little straitjacket and reminded her that for any topic you care about, even prose is poetry. Not all the members were present. A time not for words but for action. She only found two mistakes. You must make it clear that you will not attend, but you do not have to let fly at the cats.
. There is no satisfactory explanation of style, no infallible guide to good writing, no assurance that a person who thinks clearly will be able to write clearly, no key that unlocks the door, no inflexible rule by which writers may shape their course. The best way to see a country, unless you are pressed for time, is to travel on foot. Each sentence is a combination of two statments which might have been made independently. A nonrestrictive clause is one that does not serve to identify or define the antecedent noun. He was thus enabled to succeed Duncan as king. The ceremony afforded the first visible evidence of the university's plans for modernization and expansion.
Howard and yourself brought the lunch, I thought. Limited to what happens by chance. Young and inexperienced, the task seemed easy to me. Not to be used as a substitute for declare, maintain, or charge. We could declare soulwise to be a silly word, inappropriate to the occasion; but even that won't do — it does not answer the main question.
A man who had traveled all over the world, and lived in half a dozen countries. The complete text of the original Strunk edition is available on the Web site at Columbia University. Correlative expressions both, and; not, but; not only, but also; either, or; first, second, third; and the like should be followed by the same grammatical construction. Why compound ignorance with inaudibility? This edition excludes the afterword by and restores the first edition chapter on spelling. If you are deeply troubled and are composing a letter appealing for mercy or for love, you had best not attempt to organize your emotions; the prose will have a better chance if the emotions are left in disarray — which you'll probably have to do anyway, since feelings do not usually lend themselves to rearrangement. A woman who had traveled all over the world and lived in half a dozen countries. Prefer the specific to the general, the definite to the vague, the concrete to the abstract.
They came to meet the Baldwins and us. The writer of the letter asked a civil question; attack cats, then, only if you can do so with good humor, good taste, and in such a way that your answer will be courteous as well as responsive. The way to Hell is paved with good intentions. Compare: While the temperature reaches 90 or 95 degrees in the daytime, the nights are often chilly. The subject of a sentence and the principal verb should not, as a rule, be separated by a phrase or clause that can be transferred to the beginning.
These are trying times for men's souls. In the days when I was sitting in his class, he omitted so many needless words, and omitted them so forcibly and with such eagerness and obvious relish, that he often seemed in the position of having shortchanged himselfa man left with nothing more to say yet with time to fill, a radio prophet who had outdistanced the clock. Avoid the use of qualifiers. A device, or shortcut, that damages a sentence and often leads to confusion or ambiguity. Find a better way of indicating orientation or alignment or direction.