By Virginia Tufte
From the preface: "Grammar as variety is a examine of grammatical styles and how they paintings within the arms of latest specialist writers. it's addressed to a person drawn to stylistic thought and perform. i am hoping it is going to locate readers between lecturers and potential lecturers of English; scholars of composition, artistic writing, grammar, literature, stylistics, and literary feedback; and writers outdoors the school room who're attracted to learning specialist techniques.
Each bankruptcy, other than the 1st, concentrates on a big syntactic constitution or thought and considers its stylistic function in sentences from twentiethcentury fiction and nonfiction. In all, the ebook contains fifteen significant grammatical themes and greater than one thousand samples of recent prose."
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In the subject position in the first sample, the noun phrase is to the point: Nothing short of explosives would lay them low this time! —George Orwell, Animal Farm, p. 94. ; before Buddhism and not limited to Taoism. —William Empson, Some Versions of Pastoral, p. 21. > In the sentence below, the predicate nominative in a fee-pattern of definition is clear and efficient even though fairly long: A rocket is a jet-propelled missile which carries the source of its propulsion energy along with it and whose functioning is independent of the presence of an atmosphere.
Bette Davis. —Brooks Atkinson, Brief Chronicles, p. 33. An explosive issue for Britain: supplying arms to countries that ask for them. —The Christian Science Monitor, June 3, 1969, p. 1. Stopping, he looked for daylight. Yes, it was there. The light was there. The grace of life still there. Or, if not grace, air. —Saul Bellow, Mosby's Memoirs and Other Stories, p. 184. A miracle worked by happiness! —John Wain, A Travelling Woman, p. 137. Indeed, many men feel that the imperfect social order is inadequate to resolve the inner conflict.
His mind bred vermin. —James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, p. 234. Marlborough swallowed the bait. —Fred Hoyle, The Black Cloud, p. 63. They exalted the sacraments. . —Austin Warren, Richard Crashaw, A Study in Baroque Sensibility, p. 7. Her eyes bleed tears; His wounds weep blood. —Warren, p. 156. Veterans send ball-point pens. Banks send memo books. —E. B. White, The Points of My Compass, p. 126. That meant ash; ash meant burning; burning must mean cigarettes. —Kingsley Amis, Lucky Jim, p.
Grammar as Style by Virginia Tufte