Talks on Writing English by Arlo Bates

Talks on Writing English

byArlo Bates

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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. 1901. Excerpt: ... PARTICLES Particles are in the sentence like tiny crystals in a watch; they may either be jewels in which the wheels are pivoted, or they may be grains of sand impeding and marring the works. The "whole cloud of word-dust which is vaguely indicated by the term Particles," is the way in which Professor Earle speaks of these forms,--the small parts of speech so fine as constantly to elude the critical attention of the writer, yet so important as constantly to determine the effect of the sentence as a whole. In this class are included articles, prepositions, conjunctions, pronouns, and a good many adverbs. Upon the proper use of these even more than upon participles and parallel construction which I have classed with them depend the finish and finesse of style. The examination of all these parts of speech at length would require far more space than can here be spared. Some of them I have taken up already,1 and here I can do no more than briefly to add some consideration of particular points connected with the article, the conjunction, and the preposition. 1 Flat adverbs, Talks on Writing English, pp. 50, 51; final particles, lb., pp. 51-53; conjunctions, lb., pp. 53, 54; pronouns, etc., oh. ii. of this book. Savagery must have begun its invention of speech by affixing names to things; in other words, by adopting conventions of sound to represent definite objects. The substantive would thus in all probability be the beginning of language. The verb and the adjective would seem naturally to follow next, and these three parts of speech might well serve most of the needs of savage life. The development of the power of thought, the appreciation of abstract ideas, of finer shades of difference, would make necessary the devising of pronouns, adverbs, articles, conju...

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Title:Talks on Writing EnglishFormat:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.13 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217879314

ISBN - 13:9780217879316

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