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Art of Styling Sentences

ISBN-10: 0764147838
ISBN-13: 9780764147838
Edition: 5th 2012 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $11.50
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

Conventions of writing style change in subtle ways with passing years--a fact that prompts the need for periodic revisions of books like this one. The authors review the fundamentals of good sentence structure and then go on to describe twenty basic sentence patterns that encompass virtually every effective way of writing sentences in English. They also draw on passages by current prominent writers, using these examples to show how varying rhythm and sentence patterns can result in elegant writing styles that keep their readers interested. Exercises with answers and explanations appear throughout the text.

K.D. Sullivan is an internationally recognized authority on proofreading. Founder and CEO of Creative Solutions Editorial, a national proofreading and editorial agency, she is also the coauthor of the recently published book The Gremlins of Grammar.Merilee Eggleston has more than twenty years' experience as an editor, writer, and proofreader. She has edited more than 100 books, written advertising copy and materials for online education, and is the coauthor of The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Spanish for Health Care Professionals.

Preface
Introduction
Suggestions for the Instructor
Suggestions for teaching Chapter 1
Suggestions for teaching Chapter 2-the patterns
Suggestions for the Student
How to get the most from this book
Marginalia: to encourage deliberate craftsmanship
A paragraph analyzing a simile in poetry
A paragraph defining a term
The Sentence
What exactly is a sentence?
Some helpful references
The Twenty Patterns
Now let's make sentences grow …
Compound constructions
Compound sentence with semicolon and no conjunction
Compound sentence with conjunctive adverb (connector)
Compound sentence with coordinating conjunction (also connector)
Compound sentence with two or more semicolons
Compound sentence with elliptical construction
Compound sentence with explanatory statement
Sentences with series
A series without a conjunction
A series with a variation
A series of balanced pairs
An introductory series of appositives
An internal series of appositives or modifiers
A variation: a single appositive or a pair
Dependent clauses in a pair or in a series
Repetitions
Repetition of a key term
A variation: same word repeated in parallel structure
Emphatic appositive at end, after a colon
A variation: appositive after a dash
Modifiers
Interrupting modifier between S and V
A full sentence as interrupting modifier
Introductory or concluding participles
A single modifier out of place for emphasis
Inversions
Prepositional phrase before S and V
Object or complement before S and V
Complete inversion of normal pattern
An assortment of patterns
Paired constructions
A paired construction for contrast only
Dependent clause as subject or object or complement
Absolute construction anywhere in sentence
The short, simple sentence for relief or dramatic effect
A short question for dramatic effect
The deliberate fragment
Sentences Grow
Style
Combining the patterns-ten ways
Expanding sentences
Myths about coordinators
A sentence with special emphasis: the periodic sentence
Figurative Language in Sentences
Figures of speech
Allusion
Analogy
Hyperbole and understatement
Irony
Metaphor
Personification
Simile
Further reading
The Twenty Patterns-In Print
"Tough Country," from C. L. Sonnichsen's Tularosa
Excerpt from Arthur Schlesinger's A Thousand Days
"Two Ways of Seeing a River," Mark Twain (1835-1910)
Appendix
Punctuation
Suggested review questions
Miscellaneous questions
Index

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