School English; A Manual For Use In Connection With The Written English Work Of Secondary Schools

Paperback | January 11, 2012

byGeorge Prentiss Butler

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1894. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IV. CLEARNESS, FORCE, AND HARMONY. Good Style. -- Though the pupil has now been warned against the errors in diction and grammar which inexperienced writers are apt to commit, and though he may thoroughly understand what these errors are and how to avoid them, he is not necessarily an accomplished and agreeable writer. If he is not, the main cause of this failure may be that he has no interesting and entertaining thoughts to communicate to his readers; but an additional cause will be found in his inability to express his thoughts in a pleasing manner. A boy may have witnessed an exceedingly amusing occurrence; and yet the letter in which he gives the account to his friends may be neither entertaining nor interesting. The failure to entertain by the written account cannot be due to the lack of subject matter, but to the fact that his ideas cannot be apprehended without great effort on the part of the reader. The reader has been tired by the use of unnecessary words, or words have been left out without which the writer's ideas could not be well understood. The sentences are confused, and so arranged that they do not bring out the meaning clearly and forcibly; and the important thoughts have no emphasis. Another reason for the lack of interest will probably be found in the absence of all illustration, and in a consequent literalness of expression, so that nothing is suggested to the reader beyond the facts related. An analysis of such a letter might fail to reveal any mistake in the use of words or any solecism; the subject is known to be interesting, and yet the letter fails to please. Evidently, there must be some further improvement in the style of the writer. Accordingly, the following pages are devoted to those rules of rhetoric the observance of which...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1894. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IV. CLEARNESS, FORCE, AND HARMONY. Good Style. -- Though the pupil has now been warned against the errors in diction and gram...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:74 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:January 11, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217545432

ISBN - 13:9780217545433

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