Exercises In Rhetoric And English Composition (advanced Course)

Paperback | January 30, 2012

byGeorge Rice Carpenter

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1893. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. SENTENCES: LONG AND SHORT, PERIODIC AND LOOSE, BALANCED. We now come to a point where we must to some extent change our method. In matters of grammar or idiom the question is usually one of right or wrong, of correct or incorrect use. By the laws of good use, for instance, it is correct to say, "You were"; it is incorrect to say "You was." But now we come to questions of taste or judgment. A long sentence is not wrong nor a short sentence right. A periodic or a loose sentence is not necessarily correct or incorrect. The question is, Which is the best adapted for our purposes in general or in a given case, the long sentence or the short sentence, the periodic sentence or the loose sentence? Our duty is, then, to examine such questions of taste or judgment, to see the advantages on one side and the advantages on the other, and then to decide for ourselves. I. The Long Sentence. Advantage. The advantage of the long sentence is that by it we are able to state in the same breath, as it were, or at least in the same grammatical unit, a whole thought with all its necessary modifications. The following passage from Matthew Arnold's Lecture on Numbers, for example, would have distinctly lost in force had it been broken up into shorter sentences: "And the philosophers and the prophets, whom I at any rate am disposed to believe, and who say that moral causes govern the standing and the falling of States, will tell us that the failure to mind whatsoever things are elevated must impair with an inexorable fatality the life of a nation, just as the failure to mind whatsoever things are just, or whatsoever things are amiable, or whatsoever things are pure, will impair it; and that if the failure to mind whatsoever things are elevated should be real in your A...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1893. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. SENTENCES: LONG AND SHORT, PERIODIC AND LOOSE, BALANCED. We now come to a point where we must to some extent chan...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:60 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:January 30, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217313892

ISBN - 13:9780217313896

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